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Consider Replacing Your Fixtures!

A brokenfaucet is no fun. From being able to turn on hot or cold water from the faucet with a touch, you now lose control over one or the other, or maybe both. The following tips may help with this problem.

When is it necessary to replace my faucet?

There are several things to consider.

If your faucet comes loose, you don’t want to have to keep tightening or replacing it to get running water. Sometimes the faucet will spurt water, or the flow will slow down to a trickle. If the faucet starts to rust or peel, that is when many people like to change their faucet. Some faucets leak or drip, which can drive homeowners crazy.

While some issues like a dripping faucet can be fixed by someone with plumbing know-how, other problems are more complex and challenging.

What are some signs of damage?

A faucet that fails to manage the water flow effectively may be done for. Some screw-in faucet handles get stripped after years of use and need to be replaced. Faucets with too much play in the way they turn or swivel can be problematic. A loose screw is one thing, but a persistent problem that is not readily fixable is another, and more difficult to address.

How can I avoid my faucet being broken in the future?

Basically, just use a faucet the way it’s supposed to be used. Don’t push or pull it too hard, if it swivels. Turn it off completely when not in use, but don’t push overly hard on the handles. Take prompt care of any leaks or drips. If the water flow gets weak, have it checked by a plumber. Don’t let the kids play with it roughly. Keep it clean and free of debris or sticky residue from dish washing or cooking activities. Most good quality faucets will last years if they are taken good care of. Don’t let them freeze in cold weather, or if they are exposed to extremely low temperatures, turn off the water supply so ice won’t form and possibly damage the faucet.

No one wants to keep replacing faucets because they are being misused. Common sense care of these devices will keep them in top working condition for years to come. If your faucet springs a leak or sprouts a problem, carefully evaluate the faucet to see what’s happening, and contact an expert.

Fix those unsightly fixtures and faucets to give your Boise home a quick update. Don’t let that leaky faucet ruin your home and your wallet, call the experts of Wickstrom Plumbing Company at (208) 505-9352.

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