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Reducing Your Plumbing Repair and Maintenance Costs

Working with plumbers is a necessity as a homeowner, whether for regular maintenance purposes or to make a repair when needed. But you do have some control over how much reliance you’ll have for plumber services over the years. For example, having your plumber weatherize your exposed pipes during a maintenance appointment can save you literally hundreds of dollars on repairs throughout the winter months. Finding ways to decrease your water usage is another great way to avoid the need for costly plumbing repairs because you’ll put less wear and tear on the plumbing system overall. On this website, you can expect to learn more about protecting your plumbing and keeping your maintenance and repair expenses down.

The 4 Reasons Your Bathroom Faucet Is Making Noise And How To Fix It

If your bathroom sink's faucet makes an annoying noise every time that you turn on the water, then you will be pleased to know that there are some simple things you can do to fix the problem. 

Below is information about each of the four causes of faucet noises and how they are repaired:

1. The Washer on the Faucet is Worn Out

Your bathroom sink's faucet has a washer inside of it that keeps the water turned off when the faucet is turned to the closed position. When the washer wears out, then the sink will drip water and make noises when you turn on the faucet.

To replace the washer in your bathroom sink's faucet, unscrew the aerator. Just beyond the aerator is the washer. Remove the old washer and install a new one.

2. The Aerator Screen on the Faucet is Damaged or Clogged

Bathroom sink faucets always have aerator screens installed on them. The purpose of the screen is to widen the flow of water and ensure that it comes out of the faucet in a uniform stream. Hard well water will quickly clog the screen and this restricts the water's flow out of the faucet. The flow restriction will cause unwanted noises. 

To fix a clogged aerator screen, simply soak it in some white vinegar until the calcium buildup has dissolved and then reinstall it. 

3. There is Too Much Water Pressure In Your House

If your home gets its water from a private well, then it is possible that the noise in your bathroom faucet is caused by your well's pressure tank being turned up too high. To check your pressure tank, look at the pressure gauge installed on top of it and verify that it is at the proper pressure. Since each manufacturer has their own pressure standards, you will need to check the owner's manual to determine the correct setting.

If your pressure tank has too much pressure, then you need to let some of the air out of the pressure release valve. 

4. The Plumbing Leading to the Faucet is Clogged or Corroded

Finally, if your home's water pressure is okay and the faucet itself is not causing the noise you hear, then the plumbing leading to the faucet is likely clogged with sediment or corroded. This is a very common problem in older homes. Unfortunately, if the plumbing in your home needs to be replaced due to age, then you will need to have this project completed by a licensed plumbing contractor.

For more information, contact companies like First Class Plumbing LLC.