Faucets, Fixtures, and Sinks
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When Should I Replace My Faucet?
It is necessary to replace your faucet with it starts to show signs of wear and tear. If it is spilling water to the back of your sink and onto your countertops, that’s usually a sign that it’s time to have a professional plumber replace your faucet. The water can run down the side of your counters and cause mold and wood damage. Water can run down the side of the vanity and cause mold and wood damage, exposing you and your family to health hazards.
You should also replace your faucet if it starts to leak from the nozzle or base. This might be an indication of broken hardware, so make sure to get it looked at by the experts.
When Should I Replace the Sink?
Replacing your sink can be done for design reasons, to raise the value of your house, or to fit the decor of the space.
Also, if you notice a loose seal flange or broken drain basket, you should replace your sink so that it can function properly. Issues such as these can lead to leaks and water damage if they are not properly dealt with.
Common Causes of Faucet Leaks
O-ring: If there is 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 place.
When you turn the faucet on, the washer is pressed against the valve seat. Over time the friction caused will wear out the washer and dripping will occur around the spout.
The spout and faucet are connected to one another through the valve seat. Water sediments can build up over time and can corrode the valve seat, causing leaks from the spout.
Improper Installation of Washers
If you have installed the wrong size or the washers are installed incorrectly, water can get 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, it is recommended to replace them as soon as possible. Faucets, fixtures, and sinks, should be replaced when needed to avoid damage to the surrounding structures, such as vanities. Often times, these structures are made out of wood and can rot if they become too wet. This mold and rot can have serious health implications, such as breathing problems.
Weak water pressure can also be a symptom of broken faucets, fixtures, and sinks. While this may not seem like a huge deal at the time, each month when you get your water bill, you may notice that the leaks are causing you to use more water than normal, resulting in a higher bill.
Installation, Repair, and Replacement
Because these fixtures need to be installed properly in order to be effective and prevent leaks that can be harmful, you need to call the professional plumbers at Alpine Plumbing and Rooter.