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How To Solve Two Common Household Faucet Problems

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Of all the plumbing in your home, you most likely use the faucet in your kitchen the most. It gets turned on and off multiple times throughout the day as you use it to prep food, wash your hands, and clean dirty dinner dishes. So what do you do when your faucet stops working properly? Two common issues you may run into is a leaking faucet and dirty brown water. Thankfully, these problems are easy to fix if you do run into them in your home.

Leaking Faucet

That sound of a dripping faucet is not only annoying, but it is the unfortunate sound of money going right down your drain. A slow drip from a faucet may not seem like a big deal, but it is a problem that you will pay for in a higher water bill each month. Leaking faucets are a minor problem which have some simple fixes.

You can attempt to repair the faucet on your own, which will require disassembling the handle and repairing the broken washer. Unfortunately, that doesn't always solve the problem at hand. It may require purchasing a completely new faucet.

If a DIY repair seems out of your skill range, you will need to call a plumber. The good news is that the time to repair a leaking faucet is minimal, and it would be shocking if a plumber needs to charge any more than for an hour worth of work to come to your home and fix it for you.

Brown Water

Ever turn on your faucet to see brown water coming out of it? The good news is that it is not sewage, but it is still not okay to drink either. Brown water usually happens when something gets into the pipes unintentionally. Typically, the problem is due to a manganese or iron buildup, or even rust.

The first step is to determine where the brown water is coming from. If it is just from your hot water line, then it could be due to hot water tank corrosion. Brown water in both lines means that it is due to your water pipes. Galvanized plumbing that is very old can rust from the inside and cause the brown color. If you let the problem go ignored, it could cause a pipe to eventually rust through and cause a pipe burst.

No matter how brown water comes into your home, it will require a plumber to do some major repairs to your water tank or your home's plumbing system.

Plumbing problems are not always easy to fix, so be sure to have a good local plumber like Redlands Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning on call for when an issue comes up.