To replace the valve, start by unscrewing the screws in the plastic valve
. You can use a pipe wrench or adjustable pliers to unscrew the screw. Then, rotate the plastic valve counter-clockwise to loosen it from the body of the faucet. Once it has been removed, you can replace it with a new one. After that, clean up the area and reinstall the faucet. If it is not waterproof, replace the whole unit.
Another way to restore a corroded faucet is to remove all minerals from the body of the fixture. The hard minerals, called limescale, will eventually grind down the internal moving parts of the faucet. This is especially difficult to remove from plastic. It can cause damage to your plumbing system and fixtures. Besides, you will need to replace the faucet regularly. However, metal faucets are durable and can handle a lot of abuse. If you are planning to use it more often, you should consider buying a plastic model.
Another way to improve the quality of water flow from your faucet is to consider your usage. Many single-handle faucets come with mixing cartridges. These valves mix water temperatures as you lift the lever. Then, when you need to reduce the water flow, you can use a single-handle mixer faucet. These faucets are best for people who need less control over water flow than others. They can also be installed in handicapped bathrooms or in places where the elderly cannot turn a round knob.
Before winter hits, you should prepare your plumbing system. This includes pipes and outdoor faucets. Be sure to insulate your pipes. Blizzards can damage these exposed pipes and faucets. Make sure your faucet stem is protected and covered with an insulating material. And don't forget to winterize your home. There are additional steps you need to take. For example, you can replace the plastic stem with a new one.