If you have leaky faucets, not only are you wasting water, but you are also wasting money on increased water bills. Leaky faucets are annoying and seem to be all you can hear when you’re trying to fall asleep. If you have one or more leaky faucets, here are reasons why you should put replacing them on your spring to-do list.
Increased Wear and Tear
It might seem odd that a leaking faucet could cause wear and tear, but it does. Water that is constantly coming out of your faucet wears out the washers, O-Rings, and valve seat, and it can even erode your sink. This is especially true if you have hard water. While it is true that you can repair a leaky faucet most of the time, it still might be a better option to replace it. If the faucet is old and dingy or has corrosion, you can upgrade to one that is nicer to look at and that reduces your overall water usage through low-flow technology.
Decrease Water Waste
It might not seem like much, but a leaky faucet wastes a lot of water. The EPA estimates that a faucet that drips one time per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water in one year! By replacing your faucet, you will no longer have to worry about being a water waster.
Problems That Warrant Replacement
While there are several simple things that can cause a leaky faucet and that are easy to repair, such as a worn O-ring or washer, there are some issues that warrant a replacement of the entire faucet.
Your faucet has what is called a valve seat that sits between the faucet and spout. Over time, minerals and sediment will build up on this valve seat and can result in a leaky faucet. This can happen a lot faster in a home with untreated hard water. If left unaddressed, corrosion will begin, and it can spread to the sink itself. It’s best to replace a faucet with this issue.
If you have called for repairs multiple times in the last few years for a leaky faucet, a better solution may be simply to replace it. If you’re planning on renovating your kitchen or bathroom this spring, why not upgrade all of the faucets in your home at the same time? This will give your home a cohesive look and will reduce any chances of developing a leaky faucet. Having everything done at once will also save you time and money in the long run.
Bastrop’s Plumbing Experts
The average spring temperatures in Bastrop are in the upper 70s and mid- to low-80s, making it a perfect time to check things off your to-do list before the upper 90s temperatures arrive in the summer. Parobek Plumbing & Air Conditioning has been serving the Bastrop, TX region with professional plumbing services since 1999. If you have leaky faucets or any other plumbing issue that you would like taken care of this spring, call us today to schedule a service appointment!