If you want to increase your home’s efficiency, boost property value, and prevent water-related damage, consider faucet replacement. Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc. always suggests faucet, fitting, and other hardware replacements to ensure the safety and comfort of a building. Something as simple as replacing your old faucets can reduce your monthly water bills and protect against leaks and moisture damage. Trust Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for all your plumbing needs.
When to Replace Your Faucets
Many people don’t think about replacing their faucets until something goes wrong. However, by this time, it may be too late to prevent property damage and hefty repair costs. Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc. recommends that every home and business owner sign up for routine plumbing inspections to catch faucet issues before they become real problems. If you don’t currently have a plumber checking your pipes, drains, and faucets regularly, you risk a harmful leak or another problem. Here are a few signs that it’s time for faucet replacement:
- The faucet won’t stop dripping. A dripping faucet is more than just an annoyance – it can waste hundreds of gallons of water per day. Help conserve water and lower your utility bills by replacing a dropping faucet.
- You notice water stains in your sink. If your sink has unexplained watermarks or stains, your faucet has probably sprung a leak. It may be leaking from its base and not be as noticeable as a loud drip from the tap, but it’s still leaking. Replacement can fix this costly inefficiency.
- Your handles are leaking. Water leaking from your sink handles points to the need for faucet and hardware replacement. Lime buildup in these areas or around the spigot also points to an issue.
- Your faucets are rusty. Rust is a sign that your faucet’s insides are no longer working properly. It’s possible that one part may need replacing, but for a reasonable price, you can simply replace the entire thing for a more efficient model.
- You experience water pressure problems. Issues with your water pressure may point to something hampering your faucet. Reduced water pressure can be a great inconvenience – one that a plumber can solve with faucet replacement.
- Your faucets are more than 20 years old. Vintage faucets may be trendy in the world of home design, but an old faucet is much less efficient than newer models. Your faucets may be dirty, leaky, or just too old to match the rest of your remodel. Modern technologies have made new faucets much more energy efficient and less wasteful.
Faucet replacement is a relatively simple decision that can result in a variety of benefits. From stopping a harmful leak to boosting aesthetic appeal, faucet replacement is a relatively simple process that advantages you as a property owner.
Faucet Replacement: DIY vs. Professional
Online you’ll find hundreds of do-it-yourself faucet replacement videos and tutorials, telling homeowners exactly how to complete this job. What these DIY sites don’t tell you is all the ways at-home faucet replacement can go wrong. You may believe you’ll save money attempting a faucet replacement on your own, when in reality you could cost yourself hundreds in additional repair costs. When it comes to plumbing problems, things can go south quickly. Here’s why you should trust a professional instead of doing your own faucet replacement:
- Removing your old faucet isn’t a breeze. It requires special tools, knowledge about your water main, and draining water from pipes. If your faucet is old and stuck to your sink, removing it will be even more of a headache.
- DIY replacement risks flooding. Failing to turn off your water or properly empty your pipes can result in water flooding into your home. Water damage such as wood rot, mold growth, and structural damage are difficult and expensive to repair.
- You may not know the condition of your pipes. If you have old pipes and connections in bad condition, doing your installation yourself runs the risk of damaging your pipes and the sink. Fastening a bolt too tightly, for example, can crack your sink basin. If this happens, you have to pay much more for repairs than a professional faucet installation would have cost you.
- You could improperly install your faucet. A common problem with DIY faucet installation is improper connection of the faucet to the pipes. This can lead to loose connections, leaking faucets, wasted water, and water damage. You may not realize you made a mistake until the damage has been done already.
- A professional plumber offers much more than just faucet replacement. When you hire a licensed plumber, you’ll receive a total system inspection, expert advice, high-quality replacement, and parts and labor warranties. Most important, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that the job was done right – and that’s priceless.
At first glance, faucet replacement may seem no more complex than switching out cabinet doorknobs. Faucets, however, are much more than just as aesthetic addition to your home. Faucets deal with your entire drainage system, water main, and water pipes. An improperly installed faucet can lead to massive damage to your home. Even a minor mistake can lead to an inefficient and leaking system – eventually causing a much larger problem. Avoid all these risks by contacting Kingston Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for faucet replacement at (978) 304-1933 or via our online form.