Older faucets are relatively easy to repair, as long as the faucet is not broken completely and you know what you are doing.

Repairing an old faucet can also be one of the hardest repairs for the most skilled plumber. Older faucets have stems with a washer on the end that compress on to the seat and make a seal. The seats are inside the faucet casting and can be jagged causing the washers to get chewed-up fast. Faucet seats are usually frozen in place, and are almost impossible to remove. A skilled plumber can use a fine grit grinding head to re-grind the seats in place, allowing for the washers to make a good seal on a smooth faucet seat; avoiding premature replacement of faucet washers repeatedly. Broken parts from older faucets are not easy to find, and are machined specifically to the original manufacturer.

The water supply pipes for tub and showers are inside the wall, except on a claw foot tub. Internal stops are unlikely to exist when trying to isolate the water shut down on older shower or wall mounted faucets. These types of repairs may go beyond that of a novice plumber or handyman. Modern shower faucets have internal stops and a removable plastic cartridge water control device in lieu of stems. The internal stops behind the shower faucet face plate on newer faucets make it easy to isolate the water to the fixture. Manufacturers do not always put their logo on a faucet.

Homeowners need to rely on the competence of their plumbing service company to identify the correct faucet manufacturer. Faucet cartridge repairs involve locating costly specialized control cartridges and a second trip, usually costing more than a repair on an older faucet.

O’Grady Plumbing is a full service company that can identify and find difficult faucet repair parts for both foreign and domestic fixtures. And we have the technical experience to handle these difficult repairs. Call today for service on your faucet.

It is a good idea to periodically look under your kitchen and lavatory sinks to determine if there is any leakage. An unattended leak that does not get addressed can cause substantial damage to your home. In the event a leak is found, it should be isolated and addressed immediately. Sink leaks can be caused from deteriorated caulking between the sink and the counter. A leak can also be caused from a faulty waste pipe, or water can run down the water supply tubing unnoticed.

When looking to change a sink, you may have options that are feasible, and in other instances you may not. An older under mount sink, or a drop in sink may not have a retrofit to make it in the exact same space as before, offering potentially costly obstacles to consider before removing anything. O’Grady Plumbing is competent and careful in making recommendations to help you choose the right products for your home.When replacing a faucet, generally consumers do not know a good faucet from a cheap one. We carry Wolverine Brass because their faucets are aesthetic, well made, and do not cost an arm and a leg.

Here at O’Grady Plumbing, we recommend looking for a brand and style that you like when considering replacing a faucet. We advise you to call us before making the purchase to get some professional feedback on your choice of faucet.

As of January 1, 2014 all residential faucets are going to have to be HE (high efficiency) using no more than 0.5 gpm @ 60 psi, and commercial hand faucets using no more than 1gpm @ 60 psi. Commercial establishments should take advantage of sensor/metered faucets to optimize savings and conservation.