Did you know that some faucets are cheaper to replace than repair? When we encounter a faucet repair we will consider the value of the repair and allow you to make the decision on whether to repair or replace.
Most faucets work with a rubber or composition washer that closes onto a metal washer seat. Over time, the washer harden and cracks or simply gets worn down. This causes the faucet to leak. You can close the faucet tighter to stop the drip, but this is just temporary. In fact, you're just increasing the internal damage to the washer and faucet and the problem is only going to get worse. Usually when a faucet drips, the problem has a relatively simple solution: the washers or other internal mechanisms need to be rebuilt or replaced. You can do this yourself or a Plumbing Services plumbing technician can fix this easily and inexpensively.
Yes. Turn your faucets on and off gently rather than forcefully. This will greatly reduce wear and tear.
It's time to rebuild or replace your faucet. This will normally take care of you problem. You can buy a faucet kit at your local hardware store. You may want to disassemble the faucet and bring the parts with you to match them against what the store has in stock.
The most common cause of rattling pipes is a loose washer in the faucet. To fix, remove the screen at the end of the faucet, then flush the washer out by turning on the water. If that doesn't work, dismantle the faucet and replace the old washer.
This chattering sound probably means you have a loose faucet washer. To fix, turn your water off at the faucet and take your faucet apart from the top two handles and tighten the washers or replace them. Or call Plumbing Services and we can do it for you in a jiffy.
The brass seats on these old faucets are bad and have rough edges. Most seats are replaceable, but you will need a special wrench to get them out. This can sometime be a problem. Make sure you use Teflon tape on the threads of the new seats so they seal correctly.
If you have copper pipes, it is probably the sound of the pipe expanding and contracting as it heats and cools. This is normal for copper pipes; there is little you can do about it except to make sure the pipe is not rubbing against anything. This is often seen when a water pipe has been installed through a wood floor. During the original construction, the hole for the pipe going between floors is drilled too small, so the pipe rubs against the wood as it expands and contracts. The noise it makes simulates a dripping sound. The usual remedy is to make a hole in the wall, locate the pipe and insulate and or enlarge the opening where it penetrates.
This unsightly buildup is caused by mineral deposits. To remove them, pour a cup of vinegar into a plastic bag. Place the bag over the showerhead or faucets and hold it in place with a twist tie overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and gently scrub off the deposits with an old toothbrush.