It is almost impossible to go about your day without touching a faucet and, yet, it’s easy to ignore these plumbing fixtures until they break down. Hard-working as they are, these modern conveniences will eventually begin to fail and, sooner or later, will require your attention.
Failing faucets have the power to ruin an important occasion like when you’re running late for a meeting, while you have out-of-town guests, or when you’re looking forward to a relaxing night binging on your favorite TV program.
Faucets control the flow of water coming from a source so it can be efficiently dispensed in your home through a consistent stream of water. You can expect most faucets to last 15–20 years, depending on your local water and the size of your household. These fixtures, that so easily blend into the background, get a lot of wear and tear. If yours is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s time to consider a replacement.
Avoid Inconvenience and Potential Damage
It’s important to familiarize yourself with common problems you may encounter in dealing with household faucets. Know why they are acting up, and watch out for telltale signs to avoid troublesome situations:
- Little or no water coming out of the faucet: This problem can be caused by older faucets with an aerator at their opening. These holes can get clogged with dirt and debris and inhibit the flow of water. In recent years, standard designs include a circular valve inside the faucet to trap dirt. Newer models have several chambers and are more efficient, but still prone to sediment build-up.
- Dripping faucet: This is the most common and annoying household faucet problem. Aside from wasting water and raising your water bill, water pooled in the sink may overflow and cause damage to surrounding areas. You may also begin to smell mold or see it forming in your kitchen or bathroom. Leaks may be occurring from the spout, handle, and/or base, and are commonly caused by a dislodged or torn washer. These silicon-based seals can become stiff and corroded over time, and damaged washers will initially create a small trickle of water. It’s best to replace these washers before the water pressure completely destroys them.
- Rust: Just like limescale, rust is a standard problem that comes from continuous use. When you first notice rust forming on your faucet’s exterior, it has likely formed on the inside as well. Rust will affect the quality of your tap water, which you’ll want to avoid drinking.
- Excessive faucet noise: Your home’s faucet may create whistling, screaming or chatter-like noises. Such sounds signal a problem and investigating the root of the problem is necessary. It could be as simple as a loose washer or it could mean issues with your pipes. Further, if your faucet’s handle squeaks when you turn the water on, there is likely damage that needs repair. Sometimes a squeaky handle may need a little grease applied. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to call a professional.
- Faulty faucet sprayer: Modern faucets often come with a spray hose unit making it easier to wash food and dishes while allowing overall cleaning to be faster and smoother. But, these sprayers will also start to wear over time and can become a source of problems. The unit may leak, become loose, or simply stop working.
- Installation problems: Problems regarding improper installation are more common today thanks to do-it-yourself-ers. Problems with the installation can cause leaks due to loose parts. Small parts of the unit may also be lost or damaged requiring the purchase of a completely new set of materials.
A damaged faucet is more than a plumbing nuisance. It can severely harm your home, if left untreated. Knowing when to repair or replace a pesky faucet can be tricky, which is why it helps to have some professional help.
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