How to Replace Faucets in the Bathroom
A bathroom remodel can provide one of the best returns on investment out of any home improvement project – and it does not have to be a huge, costly project! According to the 2021 Cost vs. Value Report, a modest bathroom remodel can yield homeowners a 60% return on investment. Renovations can be basic projects like replacing linoleum flooring with tile, upgrading outdated and worn cabinetry, or simply replacing faucets, towel bars and lighting.
A bathroom faucet replacement is an inexpensive upgrade or repair job many crafty homeowners can handle themselves – although you also can leave it to the professionals to ensure the job gets done right. New faucets in the sink, shower, and bathtub also are an integral part of any extensive bathroom remodel.
Modernize created this handy guide on replacing bathroom faucets to help homeowners better understand when it’s time to replace broken or damaged faucets, how much work is involved, and when it’s time to call in a professional plumber. We cover many important aspects of a bathroom faucet replacement, such as costs and different styles of faucets. We can even connect you with a licensed plumbing professional in your area when you are ready to get your new faucet installed.
3 Signs it’s Time for a Bathroom Faucet Replacement
Water use varies throughout your home, but it is safe to say your bathroom faucets see their fair share of water pass through them each day. Faucets can account for as much as 20 percent of total water usage in your home. The average home loses roughly 10 gallons of water a day from leaky faucets and other water fixtures.
These 3 signs are clear indicators that it’s time to replace your bathroom faucets:
1. Leaking and dripping
It’s amazing how much water can be lost through leaking faucets – up to 30 gallons a day for larger leaks. Causes can include loose or worn o-rings, corroded valve seats, or worn-out seals, washers and cartridges, depending upon the type of faucets used in your home.
Additional issues with leaking bathroom faucets can stem from rust and corrosion, mineral build-up and age. Water leaking inside the vanity, meanwhile, could signal a more serious issue with the plumbing leading to your bathroom faucet.
Fixing faucet leaks is not terribly complicated, but it requires some DIY knowledge and also depends on the type of faucet you have. Cartridge, ball, and ceramic disk are the most common types of faucets. If you are unfamiliar with these terms, be sure to call a professional to help.
2. Outdated or rusty fixtures
Bathroom fixtures see a ton of use over the years. Metal fixtures often lose their shine and luster after years of humidity and condensation. They also can develop rust and hard water stains.
Rust often builds up on faucets on the inside before the outside of the faucet appears rusty. If the rust is visible on the outside, this is a clear indication the faucet is likely to deteriorate and leak in time. Additionally, replacing faucets can provide a quick refresh to your bathroom at a modest cost.
3. High water usage
It’s always a good idea to have energy-efficient water fixtures throughout your home. Low-flow bathtub, shower, and sink faucet replacements that bear the WaterSense label can curb water usage per fixture by roughly 30 percent, saving more than 700 gallons per year.
Federal regulations stipulate that homes built after 1994 have maximum water flow rates of 2.2 gallons per minute for bathroom faucets and 2.5 gpm for showerheads. Homes built prior to this standard likely use far more water and are good candidates for bathtub and shower faucet replacements. Lastly, if your sink has unattractive stains from hard water or rust, it’s a good time to consider replacing the sink basin as well.
Bathroom Faucet Replacement Costs
Bathroom faucet replacement costs can vary greatly. The cost is largely dependent on what is wrong with your sink, bathtub, or shower faucet.
The real costs are not necessarily in the materials to fix the issue, but rather to pay for a licensed plumber to make a service call to your home. Experienced professionals can quickly diagnose and repair a leaking bathroom faucet. But if there are hidden issues such as rot from rust, broken internal pieces, or the fixture requires many new parts, you may be better off replacing the faucet rather than trying to repair it.
If this is the case, you will be paying a bit more for replacement – expect costs to run anywhere from $250 to $400 – but the problem will be fixed correctly and you likely will not have to worry about it for many years.
Average costs will vary by region and service provider. Plumbing labor costs alone could be around $265 to replace a bathroom faucet and $200 for the bathtub or shower, provided you supply the contractor with new fixtures. Costs will rise if there is extensive labor involved, however, such as installing a new sink along with your new fixtures.
Bathroom Faucet Repair: DIY or Call a Professional?
Many homeowners have the do-it-yourself chops to handle minor plumbing repairs themselves. There also are a host of online videos you can watch that will walk you through the various plumbing repair processes. However, if you are not on a first-name basis with wrenches, screwdrivers and similar tools, you are better off calling a professional to help solve your bathroom faucet replacement or repair issue.
Modernize can help you connect with licensed bathroom professionals in your area. Our pros can tackle your job with professionalism, courtesy and respect and keep the water moving throughout your home.
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