Easy Faucet Repairs for Your Home Maintenance

February 27th, 2017

Faucets are an integral part of your working home, and they can be very easy to fix if you have the know-how to do so.

It’s obvious that you need your faucets to be in good working order. For these reasons, it is very important that you don’t want to have leaky or faulty faucets. You want your faucets to be working well and you don’t want them to waste money with a drip. A drip is just the beginning of the problems with a faucet. They may make a noise, shoot water where it shouldn’t or even just plain old not work anymore.

This may be caused by something as simple as a washer that needs replacement to the whole system being out of whack and a whole new faucet might need to be put in. If this sounds like it is too much for you, you might want to call one of our plumbers in Salt Lake City to help you put the faucet correctly and professionally. The install of a new faucet can be confusing if you have to change the current layout and add a spray hose or change the pipes under the sink.

The first repair we will look at is the leaky faucet.

A leaky or drippy faucet is probably the most common type of plumbing problem there is and it definitely is one of the most easy to repair. Why then do most people ignore a leaky faucet until the repair becomes unmanageable? Because most people believe that leaky faucets don’t turn into something worse.

If your leaky faucet seems to be getting out of hand, feel free to call one of our plumbers in Salt Lake City. It’s best to just take care of the problem as soon as you notice it, either by yourself or by calling a plumber in Salt Lake City. The problem isn’t even the cost of the plumber. Your small leak can make a mess of your water bill in no time. That number only gets even more out of control if you have multiple leaks in your home. Now if the leak is in your hot water heater, this can lead to a flood in the home. This is why it is so important to take care of the small things when they are small so they don’t grow into big problems that are out of hand.

So how do you fix a leaky faucet? The leak is normally caused by water seeping out from the water supply. Because the water supply is entering your home under pressure, if the washer that holds the water back is damaged or not seated correctly, the faucet will leak. For this type of leak the solution should be easy enough. You probably just need to either reseat the washer, or replace it all together. Depending on the type of faucet you have, you should need a screwdriver, some penetrating oil, an adjustable wrench and your replacement washers for the broken washer inside the faucet. Remember to turn the water off before you start dissembling the faucet.

The next type of repair we are going to look at is the noisy faucet. Faucets can make all kinds of crazy noises, from a scream to a whistle to a chatter when you are turning them off or on. The reasons for these noises can vary greatly. If you own a new home, the pipes might be too small to allow the water to pass through them efficiently. If your home is old you can also have this problem because your pipes have become clogged in some fashion. If this is the case you may need to call our plumber in Salt Lake City to help you with your problem. You will probably have to replace the pipes to fix this problem, which is obviously not easy or cheap.

If these aren’t your problems and your faucets are still making noise, you might have a washer in your faucet that is the wrong size or has come loose inside the faucet. Again before you open up the faucet to see if this is the case, you will need to turn the water off and you may need a few tools handy. If you have replaced the washer or tightened it, and it still makes noise, you may have restricted the flow of water going through the faucet, and a thorough cleaning might need to take place. Our Salt Lake City, Utah plumbing company can help you with your faucet concerns no matter how big or small the problem is. If your faucet makes a squealing noise, you may have caused the threads of the faucet to bind against each other. This can be solved by again taking the faucet apart and adding a bit of petroleum jelly to the threads so they can move freely and unimpeded. If none of these work, you may need to replace your faucet.