Homeowners that live in Houston, TX will at one point or another have to deal with a leaking faucet. They may opt to have a Houston plumbing company handle it for them. Whenever a faucet begins to leak it is typically due to a worn washer or seal. In which case it is not that hard to make the simple repairs yourself, however, if you do not feel up to the task or are worried you may damage your faucet, hiring a professional plumber will be best for you.
The first thing you will want to do if you are going to try and repair the faucet yourself is to make sure you have the right tools. Common tools that you will need are a screw driver, crescent wrench and channel lock pliers. You will also need a towel to mop up the water that may leak.
Next, you will need to turn off the water that is supplied to the faucet that you are going to make repairs on. There might be a shut off valve below the faucet, if not, you will need to go to the water main and shut the water off. Afterwards, open the faucet and allow the water to drain before you begin to make repairs.
Third, you will need to disassemble the faucet and this will depend on what type of faucet it is. Such as, is it a one-handle or a two-handle and is it a washer-less faucet or has a washer? Below, we will guide on the most common faucet repairs. However, not all faucets are covered in this guide. If your faucet is not and you are unsure of what to do it is best you hire a Houston plumbing company, such as, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to take care of this for you.
With two-knob faucets you will need to replace both seals or washers in each of the handles depending on what type of faucet it is. To begin, disassemble the hot and cold inserts on the handle. To do this pry them off and then use a screwdriver to remove the screw in the handles. Next, you should see two nuts. Unscrew the larger nut of the two. Only one of the nuts will need to be unscrewed in order to remove the faucet’s stem. To do so, unscrew it in a counterclockwise direction with a crescent wrench. On some makes and models the stem will simply pull off and will not need to be unscrewed.
Washer-type faucets make use of a washer that closes on the metal washer seal. As the faucet ages the washer will become hard and brittle, causing a faucet to leak. Replacing the washer with a new one will usually stop the leak and your faucet will be as good as new. It is usually a good idea to replace all the parts when making the repair, you can purchase kits at most hardware and home improvement stores. If the screw is damaged, replace it also. Once done, just reattach everything and you should be good to go.
However, if the leak does not stop, then the faucet itself will most likely need to be replaced. If you are skilled and know what you are doing then you may opt to do this yourself. If not, then you should look into hiring a professional Houston plumbing company to take care of this for you.
When choosing a replacement faucet, you will need to keep in mind not all faucets are actually interchangeable. You will need exact measurements for the hole that your old faucet was inserted in. You can also take the old faucet with you to ensure that the replacement you pick will be compatible.
Repairing and replacing faucets can be accomplished by those with experience in doing so. However, if your faucet continues to leak you should hire a professional plumber to handle the faucet repair for you. Professional plumbers are but a phone call away. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is a professional plumbing company in Houston, TX that specializes in faucet repairs and most all plumbing needs. If you need help with faucet repair or any other plumbing emergency do not hesitate to give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing a call and we will send one of our professional plumbers to make all of the necessary repairs for you.