Faucets, Fixtures, and Sinks
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When Should I Replace My Faucet?
When your faucets begin to show signs of wear and tear, it’s time for replacements. Whether water drips out onto to the back of your sink and countertops or you have an annoying pin-sized stream shooting out when the faucet is turned to full pressure, it’s time to contact a plumber. This leaky water can run down the side of your counters, under your sink or faucet fixture, or behind your lower cabinets and cause mold and wood damage. Not only can faulty faucets lead to more expensive damage down the road but they’re also troublesome and messy to use.
Usually faucet leaks occur at the nozzle or base and are an indication of broken hardware, bad seals, mineral buildup, or corrosion to the faucet itself due to years and years of repeated use.
When Should I Replace the Sink?
Replacing your sink can be done for design reasons, aesthetic value, to raise the value of your home, or to fit the decor of the space. Since sinks are solidly built – usually of metal, porcelain or ceramic – they don’t just fail. However, strong impacts can cause dents, chipping, breaks, or hairline cracks that may or may not require replacement. Also, sinks have seals, flanges and drains that can break or become compromised. Any of these problems that result in dripping or leaking water mean your sink isn’t functioning properly. They should be inspected, repaired, or replaced as needed to prevent water damage from occurring to the surrounding areas.
Common Causes of Faucet Leaks
Rubber o-rings are one of the most common causes of a leaking faucet. If you can observe dripping near the handle, it is typically caused by a loose or worn-out O-ring. This part of your faucet is a small disc that attaches to the stem screw and holds the handle of the faucet in its place.
When you turn your faucet to the on/open position, the washer is pressed up against the valve seat. Over time the friction caused from normal use will cause wear on the washer. This wear results in a less secure seal, and dripping will occur around the spout.
The spout and faucet are connected to one another through the valve seat. Minerals and other contaminants in the water build up over time causing sediment and/or corrosion to the valve seat, causing leaks from the spout. One of the best ways to reduce mineral and sediment build-up is to equip your home with a water filtration system.
Improper Washers or O-Rings
If the wrong size of washers or o-rings have been used – or if the they’ve been installed incorrectly – water will work its way around the washer and start a leak.
When Do Faucets, Fixtures, and Sinks Need to be Replaced?
If any of these items in your home are damaged or showing signs of failure, it is recommended to replace them as soon as possible. Faulty or broken faucets, fixtures, and sinks should be replaced when needed.
Keeping these items in proper working order is a normal part of plumbing maintenance, yet you’d be surprised how many people neglect to address these issues until they’ve transformed into much more costly problems such as damage to the surrounding structures, such as vanities. Often times, these structures are made from wood and can rot if they become too wet, which also leads to possibly serious health implications
Weak or excessive water pressure can also be a symptom of broken faucets or fixtures. While this may not seem like a huge deal at the time, you may notice that these leaks are causing you to use more water than normal, resulting in a higher utility bill.
Installation, Repair, and Replacement
When it’s time to replace a faucet, fixture or sink, it’s important to ensure the job is done correctly. A good plumber will also identify and inform you of the cause of your leaks, which could be simple wear and tear, or something else like a broken water pressure regulator. Call the professional plumbers at Alpine Plumbing and Rooter and one of our friendly and professional technicians will come out to take a look. We’ll provide you with a free estimate and make any required repairs as quickly as possible at our always reasonable pricing.