When you have a problem with your faucet, whether it be a drip, a leak, or a complete failure to work, you may wonder if the fixture can be repaired or if you'll have to have it replaced. Depending on the type of issue, you may need simple faucet repair, or you may need an entirely new fixture. Affordable Handyman, an experienced home repair service in the greater Cincinnati, OH, area, explains how to tell the difference. This information should help you understand whether
Is Faucet Repair Enough or Will It Need Replacement?
A simple dripping faucet is usually an easy repair and should not require you to replace the fixture. The problem is almost always a worn-out rubber washer, which an experienced handyman can normally replace in less than half an hour, depending on the sink and the faucet manufacturer.
Leaks at the Base
A leaky base seems considerably more serious, but this can often be repaired without resorting to replacing the fixture. It may only require removing the handle and tightening the adjusting ring. In some instances, it may require a replacement O-ring. However, if the internal parts, such as screws, clips, or valve assembly, are worn enough that a new O-ring doesn't help, you may have to scrap the fixture and have a new one installed.
Faucets come in a wide variety of materials, including brass, chrome, zinc, plastic, and ceramic. Light physical damage to the fixture, such as scratches or finish blemishes, may be aesthetic and seem worth living with as long as the faucet still functions. Repairs of this type are not normally possible. However, if the damage is unsightly, such as chips in the ceramic or gouges in otherwise attractive brass, you may want to entirely replace the fixture.
If the faucet sprays out or dribbles in an unusual way, it is normally the result of a clogged aerator or a bad diverter valve. These can be removed, inspected, cleaned of grime and buildup, and replaced if necessary. Minor faucet repair should do the trick, but trust a faucet repair expert to assess the issue and make the right call.
Whether you need faucet repair or replacement, you can count on Affordable Handyman to help. They hire only experienced, fully-vetted professionals who can handle the day-to-day emergencies that arise when you own a home. In addition to faucet repair, they offer gutter cleaning, pressure washing, drywall patching, and exterior painting services. Visit their website to connect with them online, or call (513) 851-9333 to discuss your project.