If you’re noticing a pool of water outside your bathtub (and it’s not caused by the kids’ excessive splashing), you probably have a leak and wonder whether you should repair it or replace the fixture itself. Leaks can happen, and there are many reasons why they do.
Learn what could be causing your fixtures to leak and when you should decide to replace them. Whichever option you choose, Cooper Plumbing can repair your current fixtures or install new ones.
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What’s Causing My Fixtures to Leak?
Worn Out O-Ring – In many cases, a poor seal is a reason why your faucet is leaning. This can be easily fixed with a new O ring. O rings prevent water from spilling out from the base of the faucet spout, but when they wear out, a simple replacement is all that’s needed. It’s not uncommon for O-rings to wear out due to everyday use.
Worn Washers – Washers can also wear down and cause leaks and drips. The friction that accompanies every single use will eventually cause the rubber to break down and cause your faucet to drip from the spout even though the handles are in the “off” position. Replacing washers is inexpensive and easy, but if you don’t choose the correct size, the leaks will continue.
Sediments – If your home has hard water, sediments can form that may corrode valve seats. A valve seat serves as a compression device and connects the faucet and spout. Corrosion build-up can cause gaps between the valve seat and washer, causing a leaky spout. Cooper Plumbing can help prevent this kind of leak with regular maintenance to clean the valve seat.
Damaged Plumbing – Pipes – particularly those made from copper or located underground – can fracture and crack.
When Should I Replace My Bathroom or Kitchen Plumbing Fixtures?
Bathroom and Kitchen Faucets
You shouldn’t have to deal with any faucet problems for at least five years after a new installation, and proper maintenance should keep your faucet operating properly for years. If you do need a sink repair, it’s generally easy and inexpensive to fix.
You may want to replace your bathroom or kitchen faucets if they’re nicked or tarnished, or you want to make a design update. The good news is that faucet replacements are inexpensive, and it often makes sense to replace a faucet rather than repair it.
Timely garage disposal repair is essential, as you can easily clog or damage your sink or plumbing if you continue to use a disposal that isn’t functioning properly. At Cooper Plumbing, we also offer emergency plumbing repair services, so your disposal can be back in working order in no time.
You can also try to DIY your garbage disposal repair by clearing the clogged disposal by unplugging the unit or turning off the circuit breaker. You can then use the reset button or a hex wrench on the underside to help loosen up the stuck garbage disposal.
Next, look under the sink at the bottom of the disposal for a hex-shaped hole and use a wrench to open up the area. It can get complicated when a sink does not have a hex-shaped hole to loosen up, and some people may choose to use a broom to force down the blades and rotate the impeller back and forth. But if this method sounds complicated or doesn’t work, you can always contact us for quick, affordable repairs.
Water heaters should last for about 12 years. You can extend their lifespan with regular maintenance. If your water heater is getting up there in years, it’s a good idea to replace it with an energy-efficient model, which can save you money on your water bills.
A faulty temperature and pressure relief valve or leak from a plumbing connection can be repaired. A leaky water heater tank must be replaced. Other tank problems include rust and sediment build-up. You can prevent rusting and sediment build-up by requesting anode rod inspection during your annual service.
The fixture itself shouldn’t need replacement unless the porcelain cracks. Flushing mechanisms may need to be repaired or replaced. Toilet repairs often include replacement of the wax ring seal (underneath the toilet), which can cause leaks when it begins to wear down.
Generally, people decide to replace a toilet for esthetic reasons, to conserve water, to add features, or quiet the flush. You can also save money by switching from an older toilet that uses 3.5 gallons of water to a newer model, which uses only 1.6 gallons per flush. Toilets can be tricky to install on your own. If you’re planning to purchase a new one, Cooper Plumbing can ensure your toilet installation is done properly.
Dishwasher leaks could be caused by a faulty gasket, cracked hoses or hose connections, or a leaky water pump seal. Considering that the average lifespan of a dishwasher is 10 years it may make more sense to replace it rather than fix it. Here’s another appliance that could save you money if you upgrade to an energy-efficient model.
Fixture Repair and Fixture Installation in Houston
If you need to repair an annoying or costly leak – or you’ve made the decision to replace your existing fixtures – Cooper Plumbing is your go-to resource. With regular maintenance, you can avoid most repairs, but our expert technicians will be able to resolve any problem that does occur. And when it’s time to replace your fixtures, don’t attempt to do it yourself. Cooper Plumbing can get the job done quickly and accurately and has extensive experience with toilet, water heater, garbage disposal, dishwasher, and sink installation.
Cooper Plumbing is a family-owned and operated company that prides itself on offering 100% customer satisfaction. Call us at 832-441-9683 or contact us online to schedule service.