A faucet can encounter problems like leaks, screeching noises, or even shaky handles. Maintaining the faucet is a common concern among homeowners. Making your faucets ready to survive for a longer period is not a Herculean task. Just follow these basic maintenance tips to increase the life of your plumbing faucets.

Ensure Proper Installation
Do not try to install the faucets on your own. Call a professional plumber to ensure the installation is done perfectly. Inspect the work done by the plumber and make sure there is no dent or bending in the faucets because of pliers and wrenches. Check if the plumber is using appropriate tools and materials to install the faucets. In case you face an emergency situation after the installation, you can use a Teflon tape or plumber’s putty to fix them temporarily. Get in touch with the plumber at the earliest.

Replace and Repair Regularly
Over time, the hardware inside the faucets can wear-off and result in leaks, corrosion, and mineral deposits on the internal parts. This can be because of defective washers, springs, seats, o-rings, and other faucet mechanisms. These tiny yet important components need to be checked regularly and replaced if necessary. Doing this increases the life and productivity of the faucets. Be sure to buy genuine,  and the best-suited components from a reputable manufacturer and store. Try to retain the original parts that came with the faucets as this will help you buy the most suitable parts when replacing the plumbing faucet in the future.

Perform Daily Maintenance
Most plumbing faucets require a limited amount of maintenance and care on a day-to-day basis. Wipe the faucets with a wet or damp, soft cloth every week to remove stains and maintain their finishing and shine. If the stains are tough, you can use a soap based cleanser or diluted white vinegar. Do not forget to dry the faucets after cleaning them. Faucets that have a matte finish may need an aerosol or a liquid furniture polish for cleaning. Treat bronze faucets regularly with a solution of sodium sesquicarbonate to avoid green spots of corrosion. You can apply a thin coat of wax as this will protect the faucet surface against minerals, stains, and fingerprints.

Avoid Cleaning Damages
Though plumbing faucets and their finishes are highly durable, they can get damaged or scratched when exposed to certain cleaners. Avoid using harsh cleansers and abrasives that are used in industries. Keep the cleaners away that are ammonia- or bleach-based. Hard scrub sponges and bristle pads can cause prominently-looking scratches on the surface. Also, avoid products that are meant to remove tarnish and rust as they can permanently damage the faucet surfaces.

If you don’t make plumbing faucet cleaning a regular habit and rely on a rare cleaning session, you will fail to get the desired results. When followed regularly, these simple maintenance tips will help you retain the finish, shine, and age of your faucet. You can get in touch anytime with our professional Edmonton plumbers for any kind of faucet assistance.

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