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How to Know When It’s Time for a Faucet Replacement

How to Know When It’s Time for a Faucet Replacement

A faucet that's running water.

Whether you’re moving into a new home or renovating your bathroom or kitchen, you look at the state of the faucets. You might have found the perfect shower, bath, or kitchen faucet that fits the room's aesthetic, hoping that it will last for a long time. However, as much as we would like to think otherwise, faucets don’t last forever, regardless of where they are and how they’re used.

It’s important to realize when the time comes that a faucet replacement becomes necessary. They can get damaged after many years of use, and repairs eventually no longer remain a viable option, sometimes requiring immediate relief.

Here are the signs that determine whether it’s time to replace a faucet for a bathtub, shower, or sink: 

Shower Faucet Replacement

Of the many factors that come into play when deciding to replace a faucet for a bathtub, shower, or sink, the damage is the most important to consider. Subtle indicators of faucet damage include constant drip, which can be caused by high water pressure, a broken valve, or a squeaky handle, which could call for urgent repair or replacement. However, a more obvious tell for replacing a faucet is when it starts spitting or when the flow of water becomes irregular, indicating internal damage to the faucet. 

Rust and mineral buildup can spread to faucets and impact vital parts such as gaskets and filters. Rust can cause water to take longer to come out and push the handles to stick or crack. Gradual mineral buildup from complicated water damages faucets. Caked-on dried toothpaste on faucets and nearby surfaces. Changing the taps may be a good call when these issues start showing up after long periods.

Damage to the actual faucet is not the only form needing attention. The surface where the attached faucet can receive enough damage over time to require a replacement. Ceramic, a common countertop material, ages poorly and becomes more prone to cracks and scratches. It may be worthwhile to change the faucet to match the replacement surface. 

Bathtub faucet replacement

Besides damage, another factor that should significantly affect the decision to replace is age. For example, most faucets, no matter the appliance they are used with, have a lifespan of 15-20 years, taking into account everyday use. Therefore, costs for repairs will eventually come up through the years, adding up and making it, so replacement is a cheaper investment than additional repairs.

Replace kitchen faucet

Faucets will start to use more water over time. An older faucet model will use between three and five gallons of water every minute it runs. Newer models have been made more efficient, using only 2.5 gallons per minute without losing out on water pressure. As a result, you can save up to 700 gallons of water annually just by changing the faucets. Newer faucets also come with more modern designs in case you would prefer to upgrade the appearance of your bathrooms or kitchens.

Need help replacing your old faucets with new ones? Contact Pilgrim Plumbing & Heating, Inc. at (781) 253-2055 today to see how they can help you.



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