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 supply of potable water. When something goes wrong, tasks like cooking and cleaning can become 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 part of the faucet is broken so repairs can begin. When you don’t feel comfortable attempting this kind of home improvement on your own, don’t hesitate to call for a professional plumber, like those at Roland J. Down Service Experts . With special tools and years of training, they can ensure a long-lasting solution to your faucet problem.

We’d like to share some of the most common problems you could come across with your faucets. We’ll also share 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 might not be able to get the water you need. Or worse, the water is no longer safe or healthy to drink.

Leaky Faucet

Leaky faucets are one of the most common problems you will experience with your home plumbing. Whether it’s a dripping 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 generally fast and inexpensive. A trained plumber will point out 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. Choosing the temperature is typically dependent on the faucet’s design, with models featuring either one or two handles. Repairing the handle can often resolve the issue.

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

Poor Water Pressure

Rather than a leak, a broken faucet can weaken water pressure or even prevent the flow of water entirely. Not only is this irritating, but the added pressure can produce other problems deeper 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 part. Other issues stem from 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 an issue with your faucet, there’s a few additional pieces of information that could simplify repairs. Keep in mind that severe or extensive damage may make new faucet installation the superior option. Otherwise, it won’t be long before you’re stuck with another plumbing problem.

1. Determine the Type of Faucet

Long-lasting repairs begin with confirming the type of faucet you use. This doesn’t mean 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 correct temperature.
  • Cartridge Faucet: Available in 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 moves, a plastic or metal ball moves within the faucet, allowing water to flow. Small chambers inside the ball blend 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 provide 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 uncover where the problem started. Most designs are 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 may be, disassembling the faucet is often required for repairs. A quality repair kit should possess tools like slip joint pliers or a basin wrench for reaching the internal components.

3. Determine Whether a Part Needs Cleaning or Replacement

Sometimes a problem can be fixed by simply reaching the specific component and giving it a thorough cleaning. But if the component is cracked or broken, replacing it is generally 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, such as 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 reaching out to a professional. They can remove the old faucet and seamlessly install your preferred replacement.

Whether you need faucet repair or faucet installation, the professionals at Roland J. Down Service Experts 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 518-417-2938 today!

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