Many probably don’t give much thought to their kitchen and bathroom faucets. However, keeping your faucets in good working order can save you time, trouble and money in the long run. If you recently installed a new faucet in your home or business, maintaining it from the start will ensure it lasts reliably for years to come. We have put together a few kitchen and bathroom faucet maintenance tips.
Faucet Maintenances for Kitchens and Bathrooms
Whether it be your kitchen, bathtub faucet, keeping your source of water running, is essential for taking a shower, washing your hands or cleaning. A few extra steps will keep the water fixtures in your home or business in top shape.
Faucet Plumbing Maintenance
The following are a few faucet maintenance tips:
- Replace worn down faucet parts. The moving parts of bathroom and kitchen faucets can wear down easily over time, which means they might need to be tightened or even replaced more often than other plumbing parts. Our specialists at College Station Plumbing provide faucet plumbing services to help replace these parts, as well provide tips on how often you fixture requires part replacements.
- Repair leaky faucets immediately. Repairing leaky faucets will help to avoid further damage to your fixtures and faucets. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a leaky faucet dripping at one drip per second wastes at least 3,000 gallons of water every year – or the equivalent of what’s needed to take more than 180 showers.
- Clean the faucet aerators. Lime buildup and sediment blocking the small openings inside the aerator can result in low water pressure from the faucet. You can clean the aerator by carefully unscrewing the aerator from the faucet, either by hand or using pliers. Then, take aerator or spray head apart and use a small brush dipped in vinegar to remove sediment. Reassemble the aerator and screw it back on to the faucet.
Daily Maintenance and Cleaning of Faucets
Daily Maintenance of Faucets
Most faucets require minimal daily maintenance on a day-to-day basis. You can clean your faucet using a damp cloth and mild soap, followed by drying your faucet with a soft cloth.
In many cases, window or glass cleaner can be used on kitchen and bathroom faucets as well. This will help to retain the original shine and luster of your faucet. However, avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaners as they can damage your faucet’s finish. Certain matte finishes require extra care. Some manufacturers even recommend using furniture polish on faucets to keep finishes uniform and to maintain that showroom look.
Remove Deposits from Faucets
If your property is located in an area with hard water, you have additional cleaning challenges. The high mineral content of hard water often results in lime deposits on your faucets and fixtures, which can be difficult to remove.
We recommend using window cleaner or a mild abrasive scrub to remove deposits from faucets. You can also try using vinegar, as it works well and is a more environmentally-friendly option. However, once again, be mindful of your faucet’s finishes when choosing a cleanser.
These are just a few faucet maintenance tips for bathroom and kitchen faucets. Our professional plumbers at College Station Plumbing can ensure your home or business’s plumbing is working properly. Contact us with the link below for more information or to schedule a consultation with us today!