Handyman replacing a faucet.

Faucet Replacement and Installation

My faucet isn’t that old, why is it needing service already?

The water supply in the Midwest is known for its high lime content, over time this corrodes and deteriorates the internals of kitchen and bathroom faucets.  The average lifespan of a faucet is roughly 5-12 years depending on the quality of the faucet and the hardness of the water in your particular area.  Homes that utilize a water softener tend to have plumbing fixtures that will have a longer life span before replacement is needed.

I need to replace my faucet, which brands are going to give the longest service life?

Just like anything else, you get what you pay for. There are many low quality brands of faucets out on the market today. I recommend installing a quality faucet by Delta, Moen, Kohler or American Standard. That doesn’t necessarily imply that all other brands should be avoided, but my years of experience have shown that those four brands have been the most trouble free for my customers. Check out the links below to find a faucet that is right for you.
Moen
Delta
American Standard
Kohler

I’ve decided to replace my faucet, is there anything else I should check or replace in the process?

When the time comes to replace a kitchen or bathroom faucet, it’s also a good time to consider changing out the supply lines, and shut-off valves. Changing out the supply lines is the number one recommendation when changing out a faucet. Over time the lines can become brittle, rupture, and cause major water damage to the home. Most of the time the shut-off valves are leak free and can be left alone. If they appear to be leaking or have heavy corrosion, it’s time to replace the shut-off valves with a high quality valve that will provide years of service.

I’ve replaced my leaking plumbing fixtures, what can I do to prolong the life of my new ones?

There are a few improvements that can be made to your home’s water supply to help combat the early deterioration of the plumbing fixtures.  The least expensive method is to install a replaceable main line water filter. The filter will help reduce sediment which can improve water quality and water taste. Another option is to install a water softener. A water softener will reduce the hardness of the water which also prolongs the life of the fixtures. If you decide to add a water softener to your system, keep in mind that there is monthly maintenance that needs to be done to maintain the softener system.