Even a small faucet leak can waste 3 gallons of water a day, so for the sake of your water bill (and our planet), fix that drip! The typical reasons of faucet dripping include corrosion, mineral deposit on the internal parts, or defective gaskets, o-rings, or washers. Nonetheless, most faucets that leak can be fixed easily by homeowners if they have the right tools. Ignoring a faulty faucet can turn a simple repair of $200 into a $1,000 plumbing replacement project. Besides, a dripping faucet leads to a wastage of over hundred gallons of water every month.
Here are a few reasons your faucet might be leaking”
1. Broken Pipes: Normally not the cause, but a dripping faucet may be due to a broken pipe or fittings. Broken pipes develop cracks that reduce water pressure and lead to faucet If you cannot visibly see a crack or broken pipe you should hire an experienced plumber to check your pipes.
2. Corroded Valve Seat – A valve seat serves as a connection between the faucet and the spout in compression mechanism. Accumulation of water sediments can cause the valve seat to corrode, causing leakage around the spout area. Make sure that you clean the valve seat regularly, with the help of a professional plumber.
3. Worn out Seals – Inlet and outlet seals are an intrinsic part of disc faucets. Upon constant usage, sediment can accumulate inside the assembly, causing the seals to wear out. This is one of the reasons behind a dripping faucet. Call My Plumber to clean the water sediments regularly from the inlet and outlet seals to make sure that you have your faucet mechanism working properly.
4. Worn out Washer – This is one of the most common causes behind a dripping faucet. Dripping caused due to worn out rubber washers in a compression faucet can be mended by replacing the washer as soon as possible.
5. Improper installation of Washer – Often, if the washer is not installed properly or is not of the right size, it can cause leakage. Acquire professional help in installing the washer correctly, if you can’t get it to stop leaking.
6. Problem in the O ring – A stem screw is used to hold the handle of a faucet in place may need to be replaced.
7. Loose Parts – Due to continuous usage, the adjusting ring and packing nuts in the steam screw may become loose, causing leakage near the handle of the faucet. If there is leakage from the handle, either you need to tighten the packing nut or completely replace it.
If you cannot quickly and easily find the reason for your leaky faucet, call My Plumber ASAP so we can prevent potential damage and save you money.