Most homeowners will, at some point, have to deal with a leaky faucet. It may not seem like a big deal at first. The leak might start out slow, or it might be in a room where the home’s inhabitants are unlikely to hear it and be annoyed. Over time, though, even a very slow drip can cause a substantial amount of water to be wasted. Some estimates place water loss from leaky faucets at levels as high as thousands of gallons per year. The best time to fix a dripping faucet is as soon as it is noticed, and the most effective way to do it is very simple: call a plumber. Read on to find out why.
Homeowners who do not have specialized experience may assume that fixing a leaky faucet is a simple matter of just taking it apart and replacing a seal somewhere in there. What most don’t realize, though, is that there are often many seals, and even more small parts that can be lost or broken in the process of taking the faucet apart. A plumber can make this process look simple, but it’s not. The difference is that a professional has the benefit of years of similar experience, while homeowners are typically groping about in the dark.
There is always a possibility that the dripping faucet is not suffering from a faulty seal, but is actually broken in a more serious way and needs to be replaced. Most homeowners lack both the tools and the knowledge to replace sink fixtures. This is best left to a pro. The plus side? A leaky faucet can, in this circumstance, be viewed as a great excuse to upgrade all of the fixtures.
Possibility of Water Damage
Those who don’t know what they’re doing are far more likely to cause more harm than good. When it comes to any kind of plumbing work, there is always the possibility that something will go wrong and water damage could ensue. When this happens a simple problem that could be fixed cheaply in just minutes by a professional turns into a much more serious issue. Don’t make this unfortunate mistake. Call a plumber today.