Leaking or broken faucets will give you a lot of inconvenience. Your daily activities will be disrupted and your utility bill will incur charges higher than what you’re supposed to pay. The truth is, there’s just no telling when faucets will get damaged or when their parts will wear out. What matters is that you know how to properly and carefully use these fixtures; that you know how to do quick fixes or if you don’t, you have a reliable plumber who can attend to the issue immediately. If you’re into DIY plumbing, here are a few tips when doing faucet repairs.
1. If replacing faucet parts do not effectively solve the problem, replacing the entire assembly may be the best option to resort to.
2. When fixing leaks, never ever at any point, torque faucets. It will not put a stop to the dripping and may even worsen the problem. Not only that, it will damage the fixture, too.
3. If you’re working on ball-type faucets, remember that their O-rings or inlet seals get damaged or wear out thereby leading to leaks. There are also cases when the dripping water originates from the faucet’s handle. In cases like this, the replacement of the cap or the adjusting ring will solve the problem. Otherwise, ensue with the replacement of the ball or the inlet seals.
4. The compression-type faucet is among the most common kinds of taps that homeowners have at home. When this fixture starts to leak, the first thing that you have to do is to tighten or replace the O-ring, packing nut, washer or the twine that’s situated around the compression assembly. If, on the other hand, the leak originates from the very faucet, you might have to replace the faucet stem. Even this component wears out over time. Also remember to apply grease on the stem threads.
5. Another variation of the faucet that you must know about is the cartridge-type. This kind usually leaks when the O-ring or cartridge that secures the cartridge stem wears out. The replacement of these components will do the trick given that the new parts are similar to the old ones.
6. Lastly, there are disc faucets, too. These types leak when their outlet and inlet seals wear out due to the accumulation or buildup of sediments in these parts. Just replace these parts and then make sure that they’re aligned with the faucet holes.
We hope that you learned a lot from these tips on faucet repairs that we shared with you today. If you need professional assistance, just call the most reliable Arlington plumber to fix your faucet. Plumbers 911 Washington DC provides first-rate plumbing services in Arlington VA including plumbing fixture installation, faucet repair, leak detection, home remodeling, water heater repair and many more! Call us now at (877) 932-5325 to schedule a service!
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