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Faucet Maintenance and Repair

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

A faucet leaking water.

Faucets for domestic sinks are integral to any home's plumbing system. Like other machinery, they need regular upkeep and repair to function effectively. Faucet maintenance is easy to put off, but ignoring them can lead to leaks, decreased water flow, and other problems that can be expensive and time-consuming.

Cleaning your sink faucets is one of the essential preventative maintenance tasks you can perform. Mineral deposits, dirt, and grime can collect on the handles and aerator over time, decreasing water flow and leaks can occur if not cleaned regularly. Regularly cleaning your faucets with mild soap and water may help avoid buildup and keep them looking as good as new.

A blocked or damaged aerator is another typical problem associated with sink faucets. The aerator is a little device that helps regulate the water flow and is attached to the end of the faucet's spout. The flow of water may slow down if it becomes obstructed by mineral deposits or other debris and becomes clogged. Cleaning the aerator may assist, but in other instances, it may be necessary to replace it.

Sink faucets require regular cleaning and aerator maintenance and may eventually need more extensive repairs. For instance, leaks or diminished water flow can occur if the cartridge, which regulates water flow, becomes worn or damaged. In such a circumstance, a new cartridge may be required.

Furthermore, repairs for other typical issues with faucets include:

  • Replacing O-rings that have become worn or damaged.

  • Repairing handles that are loose or difficult to turn.

  • Replacing the entire faucet if it cannot be fixed.

Having a qualified plumber evaluate your sink faucets regularly is always a good idea to check for leaks and other potential issues. The plumber can also conduct necessary repairs or replacements to keep your faucets functioning properly.

In summary, maintaining your sink faucets can save money on repairs and keep your plumbing system in good working order. If you keep up with regular faucet maintenance, you can extend their useful life and ensure they continue functioning reliably for years.

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