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Leaky Faucet – Should Your Repair or Replace It?

In general, the bathroom and kitchen faucets last for more than 10 years, but it depends on the water type and usage frequency. A leaky faucet is an irritating issue, especially when you cannot identify the leakage source. Faucet leaks can cost you significantly in terms of wasted water and structural damage.

Proper faucet maintenance saves cash and even protects from electrical hazards. If you are struggling with a leaky, noisy, or spouting faucet, then should you repair or replace it? Ignoring it can increase your water bill as well as cause structural damage. Take advice from experienced professionals at Wilco Plumbing Sydney.

Repair versus replacement of the leaky faucet

Faucet issues are fixable. The common issue is in the O-ring. It is a rubber piece that fits snugly around the valve system. If this gets damaged or loose due to normal wear and tear then the faucet starts leaking.

Valve seat corrosion can disturb the seal preventing water from dripping. The valve seat connects the compression mechanism to the cartridge. Loose or damaged washer happens due to regular use. An outlet and inlet seal in the faucet’s disk cartridge also cause trouble.

Common faucet issue that needs repairs

  • Leaks or drips
  • Irregular water flow
  • Squeaky noises
  • Low water pressure

The plumber diagnosis the issue and repairs the part that sources the problem quickly [within an hour]. The cost of repair will depend on the faucet type and damage extent.

Faucet types

  • Ball faucet – It has an internal ball, which controls water flow. There are multiple movable parts, which makes this type prone to leaks.
  • Disk faucet – Two ceramic disks control water volume in the special chamber where cold and hot water is mixed. Often repairs are not required.
  • Cartridge faucet – cartridge faucet with single or double handle is seen in bathroom sinks. Operating the faucet needs no pressure because the movement is consistent and smooth.
  • Compression faucet – You need to tighten the handle for closing the water flow. Compression faucets are seen in old homes or utility sinks.

Reasons to consider replacement

Repairs are less costly than replacements. Few reasons to replace the faucet rather than repair are given below.

  • When the repairing episodes are frequent, it is sensible to replace the faucet.
  • The repair cost is more than faucet replacing, especially when you can afford high-quality brands offering free replacement part warranty.
  • Your faucet system is old and even repair does not guarantee lasting performance.
  • You don’t like the faucet and desire to add a valuable update for renovation or home selling.
  • You need an efficient, modern faucet that does not run 2.5 gallons/minute.
  • The sink is damaged and you need faucet replacement even though it is working well.

Repair or replacement of a faucet is a tricky decision. The correct choice is the one that prevents severe damage. Faucets are not designed to last forever, so watch the warning signs like frequent issues, age, damages, and efficiency to decide. Ensure to consult the local plumber with good experience.