Enjoy Clean, Clear Water with Faucet Repair and Installation
Faucets are found in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and other parts of your home. Wherever they are, they deliver a steady stream of potable water. When something goes wrong, tasks such as cooking and cleaning can be much more difficult.
Fortunately, faucet repair might be something you can complete on your own. But when it’s beyond your skill to fix, a trained plumber can identify what the problem is and what component of the faucet is broken so repairs can begin. When you don’t feel comfortable attempting this kind of home improvement by yourself, don’t hesitate to contact a professional plumber, like those at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. With specialized tools and years of training, they can provide a long-lasting solution to your faucet problem.
We’d like to share some of the most common problems you may come across with your faucets. We’ll also provide information on locating the source of the problem and what may be needed to complete repairs.
Common Faucet Problems
Your faucets are connected to your home’s water supply lines. When they break or malfunction, you may not be able to get the water you need. Or worse, the water is not safe or healthy to drink.
Leaky faucets are one of the most common problems you will come across with your home plumbing. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a steady stream of water, leaks will often increase your monthly water bill. Depending on how much water is leaking, it could even cause water damage!
Leaky faucet repair is usually simple and inexpensive. A trained plumber will pinpoint the component causing the leak before either repairing or replacing it for proper water flow.
Missing Hot or Cold Water
Your faucets provide both hot and cold water. Adjusting the temperature is generally dependent on the faucet’s design, with models featuring either one or two handles. Fixing the handle can often take care of the issue.
But if your problem has a lack of hot water, there may be a more serious problem. This will sometimes be a sign your water heater is damaged, in which case a professional plumber should be contacted.
Poor Water Pressure
The opposite of a leak, a faulty faucet can decrease water pressure or even stop the flow of water entirely. Not only is this irritating, but the added pressure can create other problems somewhere else in your plumbing system.
How your plumber resolves water flow problems will require knowing what type of faucet you’re using. Sometimes resolving the issue is as simple as cleaning the affected part. Other issues can be traced to the seal that separates your faucet from the water supply.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t happen too often. So when the faucet isn’t to blame, your plumber will look for other issues like corroded pipes and clogs (as these also cause the water pressure to fall). Even partially closed valves will drop the water pressure, resulting in weak flow.
What to Know About Faucet Repair
Once it’s confirmed there’s a problem with your faucet, there’s a few additional pieces of information that may simplify repairs. Don’t forget that severe or widespread damage may make new faucet installation the superior option. Otherwise, it won’t be long before you’re forced to deal with another plumbing problem.
1. Determine the Type of Faucet
Quality repairs start with confirming the type of faucet you use. We’re not talking about whether it’s a kitchen faucet or a bathroom faucet, but what internal components are used to deliver potable water. Our plumbers have enough experience with different faucet types that they can recognize yours quickly, starting repairs sooner.
- Compression Faucet: This design is the oldest type of faucet still in widespread use today. It uses a rubber washer and two handles to provide adequate water of the desired temperature.
- Cartridge Faucet: Manufactured with both one- and two-handle designs. A single-lever design alters water flow by raising and lowering the valve inside the handle.
- Ball Faucet: The most common type of single-lever faucet. As the lever is moved, a plastic or metal ball shifts within the faucet, allowing water to flow. Special chambers inside the ball blend hot and cold water to provide the desired temperature.
- Ceramic Disk Faucet: Another single-lever design occasionally confused for a ball faucet. These models use a valve somewhat similar to a cartridge faucet, raised and lowered to provide water flow. By comparison, a ball faucet moves in any direction.
2. Shut Off the Water Before Finding the Affected Part
Once they know what type of faucet you have, the plumber’s next step is to pinpoint where the problem starts. Most designs can be split into two sections, the faucet body and one or two faucet handles. Knowing the type of problem they’re dealing with can make things easier.
Whatever the problem is, taking apart the faucet is often necessary for repairs. A quality repair kit should include tools like slip joint pliers or a basin wrench to reach the internal components.
3. Determine Whether a Part Needs Cleaning or Replacement
Sometimes a problem can be resolved by simply reaching the specific component and giving it a thorough cleaning. But if the component is cracked or broken, replacing it is typically best. These small pieces aren’t expensive, so don’t worry about the cost of replacing a broken part like the spout, O-ring or any washers.
This may be more complicated for special faucets, like for an outdoor garden hose.
Consider a Professional for Faucet Installation
Sometimes the damage is too severe, or maybe you just don’t trust your DIY skills. Whatever the reason, there’s nothing wrong with calling a professional. They can remove the old faucet and quickly install your preferred replacement.
Whether you need faucet repair or faucet installation, the Experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We’ll ensure an affordable solution that doesn’t cost you everything but the kitchen sink.
Request an appointment or free estimate by getting in touch online or over the phone at 901-235-1196 today!