Should you fix or replace your faucet?
If your Tampa home’s faucet is dripping, sputtering, visibly corroded, or has irregular water pressure, you want to act quickly to get it fixed. Aside from being a major inconvenience, a leaky or damaged faucet can lead to other issues over time like structural damage, rot, mold, and more.
How do you know whether to replace or repair your faucet? And which option will be more cost-effective?
Faucets are durable and should last between 10 and 20 years. When they start wearing out, several factors like the age of your fixtures, the type of faucet you have, and the cause of the problem can determine if you should repair or replace it.
To help you determine whether to replace or repair your faucet, we’ll review these primary factors:
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Plumbers can usually fix a leaking faucet with a repair.
A leaky faucet can be a source of stress as it wastes water and money. The leakage could also lead to more serious structural damage to your home. The good news is that leaky faucets are usually easy and inexpensive to fix.
Certain parts of your faucet (like the O-ring or the washer) get worn down over time and can cause your faucet to leak. In these cases, plumbers can usually identify and fix the problem quickly, allowing you to get another decade or more out of your faucet. Repairing your leaky faucet is more cost-effective, especially if you have a newer or high-end faucet that’s expensive to replace. Another cause could be mineral deposits buildup on the valve set, resulting in a leak. A professional plumber can clean it out as long as the buildup is not severe.
A severely corroded faucet can be a serious problem. Corrosion will destroy the inner workings of your faucet and lead to leaks, sputtering, and other malfunctions. Moreover, water flowing through a severely corroded faucet can become contaminated and unsafe to drink.
Minor faucet corrosion can be managed with regular maintenance. However, plumbers cannot reverse severe corrosion in the faucet or the spout, and you’ll likely need to replace the faucet.
Are your faucet repair bills adding up?
If you find your faucet needs frequent repairs or the same problem keeps occurring repeatedly, it may be a sign that it’s time to replace it.
One-off repairs are one thing, but multiple repairs can add up in costs quickly. It’s more expensive to keep fixing a faucet than to get a new one. Additionally, a faucet that leaks frequently or needs repeated repairs can cause damage to your sink or countertops. You can extend the life of your kitchen or bathroom by installing a properly working faucet.
Another significant factor to consider when deciding whether to replace or repair your faucet is the age of the unit. If your faucet is over 20 years old, it may be time to replace it.
At the end of your faucet’s lifespan, the cost of making frequent repairs will outweigh the cost of replacing it. Or, it may become so worn out that a repair is impossible. Investing in a new faucet that will last another decade or more with fewer problems will save you time and money in the long run. Plus, newer faucets are usually more efficient than older ones, which will also help you save money on your water bill.
Whether you should replace or repair your damaged faucet also depends on your plans for your home. Are you planning to remodel your bathroom or kitchen anytime soon?
If you’re planning to remodel the bathroom or kitchen with a leaky or damaged faucet, it’s best to replace it. When it’s time to upgrade your fixtures and/or countertops, take the opportunity to also replace your old faucet with something new, sleek, and efficient.
Contact Red Cap Plumbing & Air for skilled faucet repairs.
Red Cap Plumbing & Air offers superior quality faucet repair services in Tampa and the surrounding area. Our courteous, knowledgeable plumbers can repair most faucets in as little as one day. We guarantee the professionalism and skill of our plumbers—we'll even credit you if we don't show up on time.
At your diagnostic, our courteous, knowledgeable plumbers will evaluate your faucet, provide repair recommendations, and give an upfront, no-obligation estimate.
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