Faucet repair is something that home improvement shows make look easy. In every home improvement store, there are a plethora of replacement faucets and parts for bathrooms and kitchens. While some homeowners feel comfortable doing a faucet repair or faucet replacement on their own, it’s not always the best idea. Besides taking up precious time, it’s also a complicated process that requires skill and experience to avoid causing serious damage.
Faucet Repair is Time Consuming
The reality is work and family life take up the majority of a person’s time. The last thing anybody wants to do in their limited downtime is to work on an unpleasant task. Repairing a faucet can be quite a challenge and it can actually take quite a bit of time. First of all, a list of tools, measurements from the existing faucet, and other incidental parts need to be made. Then, it’s time to venture out to the hardware store, or big box store, for supplies. That’s the easy part. You can count on this taking a couple of hours at the least.
Out With the Old In With the New
Tools and parts at close hand, it’s time to disassemble the existing faucet. It’s vital that the water supply is turned off at this point or there will be a spout of water erupting from the pipe as soon as the faucet is loosened. The resulting water damage can cause moisture problems, mold, and even structural damage. Laying out the old parts and matching up to replacement parts will help speed up the installation process. Following the instructions in the new faucet is also extremely important. This step might take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours, as long as everything goes right.
Removal Is A Delicate Process
Faucets are designed to withstand normal, everyday use without easily breaking. However, they are actually fairly delicate mechanisms that require a great deal of care during repairs. This is no time for a heavy-handed approach. In fact, finesse is what it takes to successfully repair, or replace a faucet. Just a little too much pressure on fittings and connections and they can break. Forcing a connection to move can also strip the threads, which will lead to leaks in the future. Older faucets often have corroded lines and connections making them difficult to remove without breaking.
Installation Is Challenging
As long as the measurements from the old faucet were correct and the new faucet matches up, things are on the right track. Simple connections between the faucet and water supply need to be connected and the faucet hardware has to be secured. From there, it’s about looking for leaks and making adjustments to ensure a good seal. If the measurements are off, or a larger faucet installation, it gets complicated. New openings have to be made in the counter, water supply pipes have to be re-routed and the potential for problems goes up.
DIY and Future Problems with Faucet Repair
While a dripping faucet is an annoyance, it’s not generally going to cause an extreme amount of damage. However, if an inexperienced individual attempts to repair the problem by removing the faucet, major problems could ensue. For example, if the faucet is not carefully removed for a simple repair, parts may be broken, rendering it unusable. Breaking a brand new faucet means spending more money to buy a new one. What’s more, improper installation of a new, or repaired, faucet could result in unseen leaks that cause damage to the home both cosmetically and structurally. One simple project might cost a homeowner thousands of dollars down the road.
Rather than risk these types of plumbing problems it’s a good idea for anyone with little or no plumbing experience to call a professional. In fact, it isn’t really wise for most homeowners to attempt any faucet repairs on their own. A licensed plumber will not only take care of the repair or replacement quickly, but they’ll guarantee their work. That means they’ll be responsive to correcting a problem. What’s more, they have insurance so that if any damage does occur during the process, is covered. It’s a win-win situation for a busy homeowner who just wants to sit back and enjoy life a little.