When to Repair or Replace Your Home’s Plumbing Fixtures

October 07, 2020

Is the toilet in your home no longer flushing? Have you been hearing your faucet go drip, drip, drip a little too frequently? These common aspects of a household are considered to be plumbing fixtures, and if these are happening in your home then it’s time to consider a tough question: “Should I repair or replace this plumbing fixture?”

Though it’s difficult to determine things like exact age (you will have to guesstimate how old your home’s plumbing is most of the time), it goes without saying that a replacement to a fixture is every homeowner’s rite of passage. It’s tough, it’s expensive, and it’s stressful, but above all else it’s got to be done and done fast if necessary. To help you out, here are some tips to help you determine whether you simply need to call in professional help for repairs, or when to replace your plumbing fixtures completely.

1. For Faucets

Whether in the bathroom or the kitchen, faucets tend to last for at least 5 years before you need to consider making repairs. You can repair leaks by replacing a washer, cartridge, or other internal piece. However, if there are a few more signs of a faucet needing replacement and it’s one of these ones, installing a new faucet is in order:

  • Chronic leaking. Though a small leak can indicate a faulty mechanism that’s easily repaired, you need to recall when you first noticed this leak and how long it’s been going on for. If your faucet is leaking chronically, it’s likely to be the cause of your high water bill.
  • The handle is leaking. You may not realize this, but the handle is just as prone to damages resulting from leaks as the faucet itself. The friction involved in the way it moves can wear down a fixture over time. A leaking gasket seal can make the handles look like they’re leaking themselves. It may not sound serious at first, but this can cause water damage inside of the wall!
  • Rust and corrosion is present. Unlike the aesthetic means of replacing a faucet, corrosion and rust are more serious problems that create even more as they develop, such as jamming the flow of water or (and even worse) creating health issues. Signs of this absolutely means a complete replacement will need to happen.

2. For Toilets

You won’t normally have to replace this fixture in your home ever, not unless the porcelain is cracked. What will need repairs are the flushing mechanisms inside. These mechanisms are made of moving parts. Any toilet leaks are usually due to the wax ring seal by the floor, and that can also be replaced without having to replace the entire toilet.

In regards of replacement, the only times you may want to even consider this are for water conservation, a quieter flush, or a bathroom remodel. If you plan to remodel you may want to get a toilet that will fit the rest of the bathroom’s style. Modern toilets tend to function normally with 1.6 gallons of water per flush or less, whereas older ones use 3.5 gallons. So depending on how much water rates are, you can potentially save money by replacing a toilet.

3. For Showers

The shower hose is the number one fixture you will need to replace should something go wrong. These fixtures are very frequently exposed to great wear and tear over time. Some people pull the hose up and down near daily, which creates further risk of the hose rupturing or breaking. In these cases, repairs will only further delay the cost of replacement, so always go with the latter. With the exception of the wall-mounted parts, this damage will mean you will need to replace the entire shower’s system.

Prevent replacements with our general services

Accessible You has expanded services to include general plumbing assistance to homeowners. Not only do we know how to improve a bathroom to become more accessible, but also we can help with any general maintenance and even provide advice on how to keep your plumbing in great shape. Count on us for all of your home’s plumbing needs. Give us a call today if you need our help.