Three Signs You Need To Replace A Faucet


Faucets are the most common plumbing fixture in your home, and as a result they also see the most day to day use. Just like every other appliance in your home, over time this constant use combined with the general passage of time can lead to degradation, reducing how well your faucets work and also developing some nasty side effects. Understanding some of the warning signs associated with a faucet that isn't working properly anymore can help you identify when you should talk to a plumbing contractor about installing new faucets within your home. 


One of the first signs that a faucet that has begun to reach the end of its lifespan will exhibit is rust, either on the handles, around the base, or actually on the faucet itself. This can happen because the protective layer of anti-corrosive metal over the faucet has finally worn away after years of constant use, because of exposure to cleaning chemicals, or simply because enough time has passed. Rust will actually structurally break down the metal of your faucet, which in addition to ruining the aesthetics of your plumbing fixture will also create the risk of a leak developing. Replacing rusting faucets early proactively prevents such future problems from developing.

Spitting Water

Another common sign that your faucet is overdue for a replacement is if you notice that the water coming out of the tap is spitting, as if there are air bubbles in the water. You may also find that the direction of the water has changed. This is usually attributable to debris and sediment getting stuck in the aerator, which is the small filter that fits over the mouth of your faucet. In some milder cases, you can simply replace the aerator to restore the flow of water. However, if enough sediment has collected to the point where it actually takes up space within the spout of your faucet, not just the aerator, a faucet replacement is needed to get things flowing properly again. 


Finally, the last and most obvious sign that you need to get in touch with a plumber straight away is if you notice that water is leaking out of any part of your faucet. While a constant stream or drip is the most easily spotted, you should also pay attention for slow leaks along the base of the faucet or around the handles, which can point to worn out components that need to be replaced. 

Contact a company, like Complete Plumbing, for more help.


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