Faucets are an essential element of every home water delivery system.
Faucets come in a wide variety of styles. They can be mounted on a sink, counter top, or through the wall. Some only need one hole for mounting, others need three or even four holes. Some have a pull out sprayer as part of the spout, some have a totally separate sprayer, and some have none. Some are built with the valves and spout as a unit, some have separate valves and spouts so they can be mounted as wide apart as the home owner wants. Some have a single handle and some have two handles. A two handle faucet has a separate valve for the hot and cold water supplies, and you adjust the temperature and volume of the water by increasing or decreasing the flow of hot and cold independently. A single handle faucet has the hot and cold water mixed and delivered through a single valve. Usually with this type of faucet, temperature is adjusted by moving the handle left or right and volume is adjusted by moving the handle up or down. These single handle, multiple function style valves are a more complex than older style, single function valves. This is especially true in tub and/or shower valves, because they also contain a pressure balance feature. This feature must have both hot and cold water supplied to them in order for the valve to function. This is to prevent scalding from too hot of water, and also maintains water pressure and temperature when other fixtures are used; like when a toilet is flushed. Another type of single hand faucet is the outside faucet or hose bib, which is normally a “cold water only” faucet used for yard or pool water.
Finishes also are quite varied. They come in black, white, chrome, bushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, polished brass and seemingly endless other choices. Some even come in gold plate for those that have champaign taste and deep pockets.
Regardless of style, every faucet that has ever been made is going to require a little maintenance or repairs from time to time. And like anything else that has moving parts, they are eventually going to wear to a point where they will simply need to be replaced.
The most common problems home owners experience with a faucet is when they start to leak. This is not only annoying because of the drip, drip, drip, but also wastes water and that can affect your water bill. In addition, if the leak is not repaired, the dripping can discolor the sink. If the leak is under the sink, it can also cause damage to the cabinet where it is located, and cabinets can be quite expensive to repair or replace.
If you are having problems with any of your faucets, and do not feel comfortable trying to make your own repairs, let us relieve your aggravations. Or, if you have decided that you simply want to replace your existing faucet, call us. We have experience in repairing most types of faucets or valves, or we can supply and install new faucets for you, or we can install a faucet that you supply.