The spigots in our sinks are sometimes taken for granted – we turn the handle and water comes out, no problem. However, being able to spot the warning signs of a developing problem is important. It can save you money, time, and frustration. Leaking can lead to unseen mold problems, which are much more costly in dollars and hours than repairing or replacing a leaky faucet. Don’t wait until the problem has snowballed, take a look at your spigots now. Here are a few things to be on the look out for:
- Visible build-up – if you notice unidentified “stuff” crusting up around the head of the spigot, it is probably some type of mineral build up or rust. Usually build up can range from rusty brownish red, to white, to greenish, or tan in color. This is a sign of the protective coating of the metal becoming worn out. Obviously this doesn’t look great, but it can also become a health concern. Most of the things that cause build up are not supposed to be ingested. Since your spigot is probably the source for drinking water, you could be consuming these things.
- Obvious damage – when temperatures have a wide range over the year, the spigot can expand and contract. This could lead to cracking and even something small could grow over time, into a much bigger problem. Inspect your spigot thoroughly every few months to look for any small areas of concern.
- Leaking and dripping – this is one of the most common and obvious signs that your spigot has internal issues. When the water is turned off, there should be no water coming out. No drips, no leaks, nothing. Not only is the annoying “drip, drip, drip” sound hard to ignore, it is also running up your water bill. Even what seems to be the tiniest leak can actually be the source of large amounts of wasted water. Sometimes these drips and leaks can be repaired by replacing a few parts and sometimes the entire spigot must be replaced. Contact Drain Wizard so our experienced team can determine what the issue is.
- Handles are noisy or loose – if you notice any noises like squeaking or grinding when you turn the spigot on or off, it could be a sign of unseen wear and tear. You should also make a note of handles that feel loose or ones that you have to turn a lot to shut the water all the way off. These are also parts that could be repaired individually or may need a full replacement. Scheduling an assessment with a trained group like Drain Wizards will ensure that you make the right choice.
- Pressure or flow – when you turn on the spigot water should flow out at a smooth and constant pace. Water that sputters, gushes, or comes out slowly may be caused by a spigot that needs to be replaced.
We use water spigots pretty much all day without even thinking about them. They are on the frontline of the battle against flu season for washing hands, they help us keep our kitchens and dishes clean, and they keep us hydrated by bringing drinking water into our homes. Keep an eye on the spigots throughout your home so that you can spot any changes or issues that come up. Problems that are caught early are almost always easier and less expensive to fix. If you have noticed any issues with your spigot, contact Drain Wizard today to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and experienced team members.