Expert Plumber: Tips on Faucet Repairs and Installation

Expert Plumber: Tips on Faucet Repairs and Installation

Are you troubled with a faucet leak? Does the drip, drip, drip sound keep you awake at night? Are you ready to call a plumber from Roto-Rooter to repair or replace the fixture?

Faucets are hardy plumbing appliances that seldom have problems. However, they are mechanical devices that are prone to aging and wearing out. Corrosion of internal parts and worn seals are the most common problems that require repair.

Fortunately, it is possible to replace most parts of a faucet assembly. If you are a do-it-yourselfer who has the necessary tools and expertise to perform this task, you can do the job in only a few minutes. Here are some tips to complete this task.

  1. To repair a faucet you will need screwdrivers and a pair of pliers. Depending on the problem with the faucet you may also need some seal washers and O-rings.
  2. Remove the faucet handles. Unscrew the valve stem from the faucet housing. On the bottom of the stem, you will notice the washer seals. Remove the small set screw that holds the seal in place and replace the seal with another of the exact size. While you have the valve stem out, replace the O-ring that is usually located near the middle of the stem.
  3. Check the valve seating on the faucet housing. If the seating is cracked or pitted, you may be able to smooth the surface with a specialized grinding tool. If this area is not repairable, then you will need to replace the faucet.

All plumbing tools and parts for your home’s faucets can be purchased at your local hardware store. If you replace valve stems or any other parts from the faucet assembly make sure you get the correct size. Most plumbing parts departments have sizing charts. To assure the correct size, take your old part in and visually compare it with the new.

Your plumbing parts store is also a good place to buy a new faucet if that is what you need. There are many different styles and colors to choose from. Your bathroom and kitchen faucets are a very visual part of these areas of your home. Having the right fixture will add to the ambience of these rooms. Be sure to pick a new fixture that matches your current décor and color combinations. If you have any problems, discuss these issues with a plumber who has an eye for detail. He can also advise you on fixture pricing and installation.

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