Although most homeowners and tenants have a few tools on hand to perform DIY plumbing repairs, leaking faucet and cartridge issues can be deceptive, leading to bigger issues without warning. Many plumbing repairs are easy to complete by someone with a reasonable amount of DIY experience, however, it's always recommended that you call a professional, licensed plumber for bigger plumbing repairs.
Dealing With Leaking Faucets and Cartridges
A dripping faucet is one of the most annoying sounds, but that's not the only problem with leaking faucets and cartridges. It also pushes your water bill up and wastes a precious resource.
Leaking faucets and cartridges occur when the washers become dislodged, stiff, or torn. When the pressured water moves through the pipes under pressure, it results in a tiny trickle that leads to that annoying drip. Over time, damage occurs to the cartridge, which may require a call to a professional plumber to repair.
If your faucet continues to drip after you have replaced the springs and seats, the issues is probably the cartridge. You should buy a kit that contains a replacement cartridge and O-rings.
Buying New Cartridges
If you're a weekend DIY-warrior, you can buy new cartridges from hardware stores or plumbing wholesalers. However, it is important to find the correct cartridge, based on the brand and model of your faucet. The best way to repair it, is to switch off the water supply, disassemble the faucet and take the parts along to your hardware store to ensure the perfect match. But finding the right cartridge especially for those older systems might be difficult.
Hoerner Heating & Plumbing can supply you with the perfect cartridge for a wide range of brands, including Local Kohler, Moen, Delta, American Standard, Premier, Riobel, Nicolazzi, Grohe, Blanco, Pfister, Kraus, and Danze. You can find some great faucet brands.
Let Us Help You Find the Right Cartridge
Hoerner specializes in faucet cartridges and identification of those tricky ones!
If you can't find the right cartridge for your brand, or if your faucet does not contain the name of the manufacturer, we can help you identify the brand or model.
We're happy to help. Simply submit a service request, remembering to upload close up images of the faucet and / or cartridge, including the manufacturer and serial numbers, if they are available.
If you need help removing the cartridge in order to identify the make and model, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us right away.