Home Inspections From A to Z: Faucets & Fixtures

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Four Common Home Inspection Flags Related to your Faucets and Fixtures

Episode six of "Home Inspections from A to Z"

In this episode of Home Inspections from A to Z, we take a look at the many issues surrounding your faucets and fixtures as part of your home’s plumbing system. 

A fast dripping faucet can waste 30 or more gallons of water a day.

A fast dripping faucet can waste 30 or more gallons of water a day.

Your faucet is responsible for bringing in fresh, clean, hot or cold water, day in and day out. So when a problem occurs in relation to this necessity it can become a real hassle. Problems in this area of home inspections are commonly seen in homes that are aging. Fortunately, many of these issues are Qwik Fixes and can be easily resolved before your home inspection. 

Open areas in your faucets base can cause water damage over time.

Open areas in your faucets base can cause water damage over time.

Flag #1 - Loose Faucet: A loose or unsecured faucet is likely to be flagged in a home inspection and can also cause other issues as water seeps into unwanted spaces and creases. Even if you have a newer faucet, it is important that it is properly secured when installed to avoid further damage to cabinets below. This may require tightening a few loose screws, bolts, or the nut that holds your faucets base into place. 

Water deposits and corrosion can cause this area to leak. In most cases it is a Qwikfix requiring minor piece replacements.

Water deposits and corrosion can cause this area to leak. In most cases it is a Qwikfix requiring minor piece replacements.

Flag #2 - Dripping: We all know what a dripping faucet sounds like, but many aren't too sure of the reasoning behind it. Dripping or leaking faucets can cause molding, corrosion and eventually increase your water bill over time. To correctly fix a leaking shower faucet you might consider replacing old cartridges or valves with new similar ones. In more serious cases, you might consider calling a plumber out to your home to inspect the plumbing system behind your wall. 

A faucet that does not have a backstop will be flagged in a home inspection. If this occurs you may need to replace individual parts or the entire faucet.

A faucet that does not have a backstop will be flagged in a home inspection. If this occurs you may need to replace individual parts or the entire faucet.

Flag #3 - Backstopping: If your faucet handle makes a complete spin around when turning on or off, it is most likely stripped or worn out. To fix this common household issue you might want to think about replacing the handle, washer, or other pieces completely.

A corroded faucet can block water from flowing freely, causing other more serious issues. This is typically a QwikFix and can easily be cleaned off.

A corroded faucet can block water from flowing freely, causing other more serious issues. This is typically a QwikFix and can easily be cleaned off.

Flag #4 - Corrosion: Another common flag, typically seen in older faucets, is corrosion occurring over time. Resulting in uneven water flows, splashing, or in other more serious cases, causing your faucet to not function at all. The good news is that this is usually a Qwik fix and can be removed using gentle acids such as white vinegar and lemon juice. If that doesn't work, you might need to replace your faucet completely. 


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