residential plumbing repairA leaky faucet is one of the worst plumbing problems to have in your home. Leaky faucets are not only annoying from the dripping sounds they make but also waste gallons of water every month increasing your water bills when you barely used any of it. Leaky faucets should be repaired to avoid wasting water.

All Faucets are not the Same

There are four different types of faucets available in the market today and the method of plumbing repair differs with each. The main types of faucets include ball type, ceramic disc, compression and cartridge or sleeve. You need to know the kind of faucet you have to be able to have it repaired properly. Faucets begin to leak from continuous use as the parts become lose.

Compression faucets use rubber washers to seal the valve seat when closed, when these rubber washers wear out, they should be replaced. The leaky faucet may also be due to the seat washers needing replacement. The plumber will have to unwind the entire faucet to access the washers for repairs.  Leaky compression faucets may also be due to a pitted seat.

Ball type faucets often have a lot of parts that makes it difficult to repair. Sometimes replacement is the best option for such leaky faucets. The entire faucet does not have to be replaced, as there are replacement part kits for ball faucets that can be used to assemble the old and worn out parts of the faucet.

Sometimes it Just Needs Some Elbow Grease

Sometimes your leaky faucet just needs the parts to be cleaned and tightened. If this does not work, it is advisable to call in a plumber to handle the serious repairs. Even with DIY repair kits, it takes professional expertise to get the job done well. If you do not repair the faucets properly, they could continue leaking even more water.

Plumbing repair Smithfield experts know the best replacement parts to buy to fix problematic faucets. They will also troubleshoot the cause of the leak much faster minimizing the risk of making the problem worse as well as spending as little time as possible on the repairs.

Remember that your fixtures may be different in your bathroom, kitchen and other parts of the house. You need to inspect all the faucets around the house for leaks and have those all repaired. If you are not sure whether one your faucets is leaking, tie a plastic bag around the faucet overnight and see if any water has collected inside it in the morning.

For the best plumbing repair service in the Smithfield area, call A&M Service Plumbing today! We offer water heater repairs, toilet repairs and so much more.