Enjoy Clean, Clear Water with Faucet Repair and Installation

Faucets are found in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and other parts of your home. Wherever they are, they provide a steady supply of potable water. When something goes wrong, tasks such as cooking and cleaning can become more difficult.

Fortunately, faucet repair can be something you can perform by yourself. But when it’s beyond your skill to fix, a trained plumber can identify what the problem is and what part of the faucet is faulty 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 special 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 finding 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 might not be able to get the water you need. Or worse, the water is not safe or healthy to use.

Leaky Faucet

Leaky faucets are one of the most common problems you will come across with your home plumbing. Whether it’s a leaking faucet or a constant stream of water, leaks will often increase your monthly water bill. Depending on how much water is leaking, it may even cause water damage!

Leaky faucet repair is usually simple and inexpensive. A professional plumber will identify the component causing the leak before either repairing or replacing it for proper water flow.

Missing Hot or Cold Water

Your faucets deliver both hot and cold water. Adjusting the temperature is usually dependent on the faucet’s design, with models featuring either one or two handles. Repairing the handle can often take care of the issue.

But if your problem is lacking hot water, there could be a more complicated problem. This could be a sign your water heater is damaged, in which case a professional plumber should be called.

Poor Water Pressure

The opposite of a leak, a faulty faucet can hamper 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 depend on the type of faucet you’re using. Sometimes resolving the issue is as simple as cleaning the affected component. Other issues start with 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 determined there’s a problem with your faucet, there’s a few more pieces of information that may simplify repairs. Keep in mind that severe or widespread damage may make new faucet installation the superior option. Otherwise, it won’t be long before you’re struggling with another plumbing problem.

1. Determine the Type of Faucet

Effective repairs begin with knowing 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 controls water flow by raising and lowering the valve within 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. Small chambers inside the ball mix hot and cold water to provide the desired temperature.
  • Ceramic Disk Faucet: Another single-lever design sometimes confused for a ball faucet. These models use a valve somewhat similar to a cartridge faucet, raised and lowered to create water flow. By comparison, a ball faucet moves in a spherical 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 locate where the problem starts. Most designs will be split into two sections, the faucet body and one or two faucet handles. Knowing the type of problem they’re dealing with can simplify repairs.

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. Confirm Whether a Part Needs Cleaning or Replacement

Sometimes a problem can be taken care of by simply reaching the specific component and giving it a thorough cleaning. But if the component is cracked or broken, replacing it is generally for the best. These small pieces aren’t expensive, so don’t worry about the cost of a new part for 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 widespread, or maybe you just don’t trust your DIY skills. Whatever the reason, there’s nothing wrong with reaching out to 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 540-302-8645 today!

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