What should I do to take care of my faucets and sinks?
The faucet in your home is likely used several times throughout the day for everyday tasks, but not always treated with the care that it requires. Faucets can be sensitive and susceptible to rough-housing, and even small drips can waste thousands of gallons of water, as much as 150 gallons per day! Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. And always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid paying for wasted water, and also to avoid water damage to your fixtures and pipes. Remove and clean your faucet aerators annually to ensure an even flow of water. Make sure overflow holes on tubs and vanities are clear and open to prevent water damage to floors and ceilings
The experts at Catons must first consider the type of faucet that your home or bathroom employs before diagnosing the issue.
What type of faucet does your home use?
Generally, there are four main types of faucets. The internal mechanisms that allow water to travel through them are what make each one unique. The types are disc, cartridge, ball and compression. An easy way to identify the type of faucet into this is to count how many handles the fixture employs. Single handles that control both cold and hot temperatures are disc, cartridge or ball faucets. Those with two handles, one for each temperature, are most likely compression faucets. To further learn about the faucet's workings, a Catons professional can dissect the mechanism and find and resolve the problem.
Do all repairs require a professional?
Leaks are typically caused by faucets that have become loose through daily wear and tear. Often, a simple tightening of a packing nut or the addition of a new O-ring can stop a leak that is coming from the faucet handle. Sometimes a sealant fails, requiring a replacement on an inlet or outlet. These tasks are easy to accomplish yourself, but can also be done by a Catons professional. Our fully-licensed and insured staff carry commonly needed parts such as inlets, outlets, O-rings and other sealants to enable them to easily fix a leak that requires such a simple adjustment. Some kitchen faucets do require specialized parts, which may involve some time to replace. If you call a Catons professional to fix your faucet leak, he or she will identify your faucet type, diagnose the problem and assess the necessary parts and order them for delivery as soon as possible so your family can get back to regular use of the kitchen sink.
Can I replace my two-handled faucet with a single-handle faucet?
Usually, faucet dimensions and sink openings are standard throughout the plumbing industry, so the answer is usually yes. There are a few exceptions, so check the size of the sink opening before you buy new fixtures.
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