The most direct link between you and your plumbing system is your faucet. Any leaks, clogs, or water pressure problems are likely to show up in the tap, which is why it is crucial for you to pay attention to it and watch for signs of damage. Roto-Rooter provides quality faucet repairs, replacements, and upgrades, as well as the information you need to take care of your tap.
Plumbing Issue Inventory
As with other plumbing issues, the first step in fixing a faulty faucet is to identify the source of the problem. Broken faucets usually fall into one of the following categories:
- Leaks– The most visible signs of a faulty faucet, leaks can range from extra moisture on the faucet’s spout to an unstoppable stream of water. Fixing them is usually as simple as replacing the O-rings or other worn parts. If the faucet continues to leak even after, however, it may indicate sewer damage, misshapen or corroded pipes, and other, more serious plumbing issues.
- Low Pressure– If you find that your faucet doesn’t spout as much water as it used to, it may indicate a clog or leak in the pipes leading to it. Such problems are usually easy to deal with, provided that you catch them early. If left unattended, the damage from an upstream clog or leak will compound, requiring more elaborate repairs.
- Rust– If you notice rust on the exterior of your faucet, odds are the interior is already compromised. Rust not only leads to further faucet damage, but it can also affect the quality of your drinking and cooking water. It is often necessary to replace a rusty faucet, as the damage quickly becomes too extensive for piecemeal repairs to be effective. Once the new faucet is installed, check it for leaks and moisture problems, lest it becomes rusty as well.
- Worn Fixtures– Besides damage to the faucet itself, fixtures often become too loose, too stiff, or otherwise difficult to move over time. The harder your faucet fixtures are to use, the more they could benefit from a professional cleaning, tightening, or replacement.
Once you’ve reported the basic problem, Roto-Rooter will determine the underlying cause using camera line inspections and other diagnostic methods. We will then begin repairs, restoring your faucet to full functionality as quickly as possible.
Roto-Rooter doesn’t just fix faucets; we also empower homeowners and businesses to deal with sink problems on their own. Our troubleshooting team is happy to walk you through any repair. Specific instructions vary based on the problem, but in general, we recommend that you:
- Turn Off The Mains– Before you do anything to your faucet, make sure the source of water is off. This will prevent the water flow from complicating your work or causing damage during repairs.
- Assess The Issue– Based on the type of problem and the faucet’s characteristics, figure out what the source of the issue is. Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain is always available to advise you on how to diagnose faucet issues, as well as to perform professional inspections if you can’t find the cause on your own.
- Take It Apart– Disassemble your faucet, the supply pipes, or whatever else is causing the leak. Confirm the cause of the problem and determine the parts needed to fix it.
- Replace Faulty Parts– Roto-Rooter provides O-rings, new pipes, and all other equipment that your faucet needs to work properly.
- Put It Together– Reassemble your faucet, keeping an eye out for loose pipes, rusted parts, or other signs of future problems.
The Roto-Rooter troubleshooting team will walk you through any part of this process, providing detailed instructions suited to your particular faucet and plumbing system. If you decide that the repairs are too complicated for you to do on your own, we are ready to take over at a moment’s notice.
To Repair Or Replace?
Although it is generally cheaper and easier to fix a faucet than to buy a new one, sometimes the damage is so extensive that repairs are impractical. When deciding whether to replace a faucet, consider:
- Cost– The closer the cost of repairs are to the cost of replacement, the more it makes sense to choose the latter. Even when installing a new faucet is slightly more expensive than repairs, it is often more economical in the long run if the new unit will work better and last longer.
- Time– Besides costing less money, repairs tend to take less time than wholesale replacements. Once they have determined the source of the damage and obtained the necessary replacement tools and parts, our plumbers can fix most faucet problems in less than an hour. Repairs that take significantly longer than this, however, will be more disruptive to your home or business life, making replacement a more attractive option.
- Efficiency– Older faucets often do not use water as productively as newer models. Replacing them may thus save you money through better water use and other improvements in efficiency.
As a rule of thumb, the more you pay for a faucet to begin with, the longer it makes sense to try to repair it. An inexpensive faucet of poor quality will require increasing attention as it ages, but higher-value faucets may continue to work well for years after a few simple repairs. If you do decide to replace, Roto-Rooter provides a broad selection of new faucets to install in any part of your home or office.