How to Fix Common Faucet Problems

An issue with plumbing is one of the problems that we see DIY enthusiasts tackle all the time. These problems can range from a slow drip in a shower to an outside hose spigot that needs some extra lubrication to get it moving again after some time lying dormant. Plumbing jobs of any real complexity or risk should of course be left to pros like those at A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service Co., L.L.C., but for the most part you’ll be surprised at the range of faucet problems in Phoenix, AZ you can tackle all on your own to get your water back up and running smoothly in no time at all. Below we’ve outlined some of the common issues that customers run into and how they can be best addressed with some basic tools and maintenance.

Clogs can cause issues

One of the main problems that we see customers run into is a clogged faucet in Phoenix, AZ that’s causing big issues in their water output. One of the problems that can sometimes be attributed to this is low water pressure. Many homes just have low water pressure to begin with, but if that’s never been an issue, and now suddenly is, a clog could be the culprit.

Start by looking at the piece called the diverter valve, which controls the water going into the faucet. Over time, this can get clogged with mineral buildup or small debris, so cleaning it out could solve the problem. If it doesn’t, then you might need a new diverter. The other issue that clogging can cause is a mist spraying out of your faucet, which a sign that the aerator needs to be cleaned out. Freeing the faucet of mineral and debris buildup can help this flow smoothly again.

Handle leaks

Leaks coming from the handles at your sink are another faucet problem in Phoenix, AZ that we frequently see customers reporting. There are a few fixes to this that we encourage people to try. You can first take a shot at tightening the packing nut at the handle, or alternatively we find that a lot of the time a damaged O-ring is the culprit and needs to be replaced. Replacing an O-ring is a bit of a job, but one that can be handled by many DIY enthusiasts. If you’re feeling like it might be outside of your comfort zone, then give our team of professional technicians a call and we can have it replaced for you in no time at all.

Dripping from the spout

It’s probably the most common faucet problem in Phoenix, AZ: that dripping from a faucet that can keep you up at night. Usually you will need to replace the valve seat, as well as the seat washer if you have a compression style faucet. If not, then it’ll likely just be a valve seat replacement that’s in order.

Some of the most common faucet problems can be easily handled by homeowners themselves—you’d be surprised at how much you can take on once you start taking a look “under the hood.” For anything more complex than this, or if you just want an expert’s opinion, give A-1 Porcelain & Fiberglass Service Co., L.L.C. a call. We’d be glad to help you fix your faucet!