In bathroom plumbing, one of the most common calls we get is dealing with leaky faucets. The problem is, most people wait until the leaky faucets in their bathroom have been leaking for quite a while before calling us. Okay, they’re not plumbers. We understand this. But, people need to understand that when they have leaky faucets, it can lead to a bigger problem than an annoying drip sound in the middle of the night.
First, understand that most plumbing fixtures are only made to last for so long. The pipes, faucets, drains, etc.—these all have an average life expectancy. That life expectancy is average. So, your bathroom faucets and other plumbing fixtures might last longer than that, or they might last for shorter periods of time.
By not taking care of leaky faucets as soon as the problem is noticed, you are definitely shortening the lifespan of your faucet and associated plumbing. That life expectancy for those plumbing fixtures was based on water running for limited intervals over the years—not constantly running, wearing away at the finish and integrity.
Whether you’re in Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Kane County, or elsewhere within northern Illinois, leaky faucets in your bathroom can cause some major headaches. Besides the plumbing components being worn away more quickly, you’re also increasing your bills. First, you’re running water constantly, so you’re going to have a higher water bill. It may be negligible at first, but it will certainly get worse if the leaky faucets aren’t dealt with quickly.
If the leak happens to be on the hot water side, then you’re looking at increased cost for heating too, whether your hot water heater be gas or electric. Even tankless water heaters aren’t meant to push a continual supply of hot water. This is going to put extra wear and tear on them as well.
Now that we know why it’s important to address leaky faucets sooner rather than later, there is some good news. Fixing leaky faucets in your bathroom—or anywhere in your house or business—really isn’t that hard in most cases. Of course, there are exceptions, but most leaky faucet repairs can be done in a few minutes, simply swapping out a washer or gasket. The part itself usually cost pennies. The difficulty of the job itself is negligible. If you can turn a screwdriver, you can fix a leaky faucet…in most cases.
Yes, there comes a time when fixing leaky faucets isn’t as easy as it would seem. You may have faucets and plumbing that were high-end, specially ordered. You can’t find the parts for them just anywhere. These cases are rare, but they do happen. You might also find that putting the faucet back together and getting everything working again isn’t that easy.
For those times when leaky faucets are a bit more difficult, consider contacting Crystal Lake Plumber. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured here in Illinois and we’re available for residential, industrial, and commercial plumbing calls any day, any hour. For help with your plumbing, contact us today.