Thursday, 24 July 2008

Replace & Repair Leaky Bathroom & Kitchen Faucets

Everyone dreads having to repair anything in the bathroom, because oftentimes, the solution involves more than a bottle of Liquid Drain-O and a flush of cold water. Also known as "leaky bathtub faucet," this refers to any major clogging problems, a drop in water pressure, or a bathtub faucet leak.

A certified plumbing company should come in and do an inspection and fix any major problems after giving you an estimate of the damage. If left unattended, the problems bathroom faucets can lead to are more than just inside the bathroom. There have been lawsuits and even divorces over the neglected leaky bathtub faucet. Overall, neglecting to fix your bathroom faucet will lead to a higher water bill (with less water pressure!) and further damage to supply pipes and your entire bathroom function ability. This can even sometimes result in pipes inside the walls to leak and cause water spots throughout the walls.

Here are some tips on how to replace and/or repair a bathtub faucet, bath shower faucet and bathroom sink faucet:

• Pry off the cap of the bath faucet if you think there is less water pressure coming from the faucet. Unscrew the handle to get deep inside the faucet to check if there is any blockage you need to remove. Clean the aerator if necessary, which is the small piece at the tip of the spout that can get blocked over time. After cleaning all the parts, put back together and test to see if there is any improvement. This applies to any bath faucet you have in the house, from the kitchen faucet to the single-lever bath faucet.

• If you are having a leaky bathtub faucet, get the bathtub faucets make and model and to a Home Depot or any hardware store to purchase the appropriate bathtub repair kit. Remove the bath faucet's existing ball, packing and springs and replace them with the new ones in the kit.

• If you have tried cleaning the parts and bathtub faucet and it still does not seem to improve the water pressure or the leak, you may need to replace the bathtub faucet entirely. Or the problem may be something more than just the bathtub faucet. Now is the time to call a certified plumbing company. The company can come in to repair your leaking bathtub faucet, changing bathtub faucets or do any necessary bathtub repair.