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Buying Plumbing Fixtures : What the Big Box Stores Don’t Want You to Know


Faucet cutway Homeowners often feel comfortable replacing their broken faucet or shower head without a plumber’s help. While we encourage Northeast Ohioans to handle plumbing issues if they feel capable, it is important to understand that when you purchase replacement fixtures from the big box stores, what you see and what you get are often two very different things.

Big box stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s claim to offer the same faucets and shower heads as local plumbing supply stores for a cheaper price. And while the parts found at big box stores may look the same on the outside, the internal components tell another story.

Faucets and shower heads purchased from a local plumber or plumbing supply store have brass internal components like springs, coils and couplings. The same fixture at a big box store is liable to have plastic internal components. That’s why they’re able to sell these items for up to 10 percent cheaper prices.

The upfront savings are nice, but you will save money in the long run if you purchase higher quality parts from a local plumbing supply store or directly from your plumber. Brass internal components will last much longer than their plastic counterparts saving you money on replacement parts and ensuring your plumbing fixture won’t need replaced for years to come.

If you are interested in purchasing a new faucet or other fixture, or just need help with installation, contact us online or give us a call at 330-733-3711.