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Your Guide to Faucet Repair and Installation


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That persistent drip, drip, drip from your faucet is more than just an annoyance; it's a waste of water and money. Did you know a leaky faucet can waste up to a gallon of water per hour, translating to hundreds of gallons wasted each year? Thankfully, faucet repair and installation doesn't have to be a daunting task.


This guide from Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling will equip you with the knowledge to determine if a DIY repair is feasible or if it's time to call in the professionals.


Diagnosing the Drip: Common Faucet Issues

Faucets are comprised of several moving parts, and any of them can malfunction over time, leading to leaks. Here are some of the most common culprits:


  • Worn-out Washers: These small rubber or neoprene washers create a tight seal within the faucet, preventing leaks. Over time, washers wear out and need to be replaced - a common cause of leaky faucets.

  • Faulty Cartridge: In modern faucets, a cartridge regulates water flow. A malfunctioning cartridge can lead to leaks from the handle or base of the faucet.

  • Loose Parts: Over time, nuts, screws, or other components within the faucet can loosen, causing leaks.


DIY Faucet Repair: When to Tackle it Yourself

For some basic faucet repair issues, a little DIY know-how can save you time and money. Here's when you might consider tackling the repair yourself:


  • The Leak is Minimal: If the leak is a slow drip and you're comfortable with basic tools, a DIY repair might be suitable.

  • The Faucet Model is Common: If you have a common faucet model, finding replacement parts and repair tutorials online is easier.


DIY Faucet Repair: Essential Steps (with Caution!)

Before attempting any DIY repairs, turn off the water supply to the faucet. Locate the shut-off valve, typically located under the sink or behind the wall.


Here's a simplified breakdown of the repair process:


  1. Gather Your Tools: You'll likely need screwdrivers, pliers, a wrench (adjustable or specific to your faucet model), and replacement parts (washers or a cartridge depending on the issue).

  2. Disassemble the Faucet: Consult your faucet manual or online tutorials for specific disassembly instructions. Generally, you'll need to remove the handle, then access the cartridge or washer needing replacement.

  3. Replace the Worn-out Part: Install the new washer or cartridge according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Reassemble the Faucet: Tighten all components securely, but avoid over-tightening to prevent damage.

  5. Turn on the Water Supply: Slowly turn on the water supply and check for leaks. If leaks persist, you might need to adjust the tightness of components or consult a professional.


Important Note: If you're uncomfortable with any step of the process, or if the leak worsens during your attempt, stop immediately and call Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling. Forcing parts or over-tightening components can lead to more significant plumbing problems.


When to Call Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling: Signs You Need Professional Help

While some faucet repairs are manageable DIY projects, there are situations where calling a professional plumber is the best course of action:


  • Extensive Leaks: If the leak is significant or accompanied by spraying water, it indicates a more serious issue requiring professional diagnosis and repair.

  • Hidden Leaks: Leaks behind the wall or under the sink can cause significant water damage. If you suspect a hidden leak, call a plumber to locate and address the issue promptly.

  • Faucet Model is Unfamiliar: If you have a unique or older faucet model, finding replacement parts and navigating repairs can be challenging. A professional plumber will have the expertise and parts to handle any faucet type.

  • Multiple Repair Attempts Gone Wrong: If your DIY attempts haven't solved the leak or have created new problems, it's best to call a professional to avoid causing further damage.


Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling: Faucet Repair and Installation


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At Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we understand the importance of reliable plumbing fixtures. Our licensed and experienced plumbers are equipped to handle all your faucet repair and installation needs.

Whether you have a leaky kitchen faucet, a dripping bathroom sink, or need a brand new faucet installed, our team can provide efficient and long-lasting solutions. We offer:


  • Expert Diagnosis: Our plumbers will diagnose the root cause of your faucet problem and recommend the most appropriate repair or replacement solution.

  • High-Quality Parts: We use only top-quality, durable parts to ensure your faucet repair lasts.

  • Upfront Pricing: We provide transparent pricing before we begin any work, so you won't face any hidden costs.

  • Guaranteed Satisfaction: We stand behind our work and offer a guarantee on all repairs and installations.


Don't let a leaky faucet become a major headache.


Contact Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling today!


Our friendly and professional plumbers are available 24/7 to address your faucet woes and keep your home's plumbing functioning smoothly.


Remember: A small leak today can lead to significant water damage tomorrow. Taking care of faucet repairs promptly saves water, saves money, and prevents potential headaches down the road.


With Admiral Plumbing Heating & Cooling by your side, you can rest assured that your faucets are in good hands. We're here to keep your home's water flowing smoothly! Contact us today!

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