28 Feb 5 Common Causes Of A Leaky Faucet
Functioning faucets are crucial to our daily life. However, it’s so easy for us to take them for granted. A leaky faucet presents a greater problem than it may seem at first sight. While it can be relatively easy to diagnose and repair a leaky faucet, ignoring a leaky faucet can have significant negative consequences. Not only do you potentially waste hundreds of gallons of precious water a month, you also risk turning a $200 plumbing repair into a major project that could cost your thousands. Here we look at 5 common cause of leaky faucets so you can promptly identify and repair your leaks.
O Ring Issues
A worn out or faulty O ring is a major culprit when it comes to leaky faucets. The O ring is a small disk attached to the faucet stem screw which helps to hold the faucet handle in place. Particularly an issues in cartridge faucets, when the O ring wears out, leaks can occur from the faucet or near the handle. You can replace the O ring yourself with some plumbing know how, or call a professional plumber to fully diagnose your faucet issues.
Sediment and Corrosion
Corrosion which can be caused by sediment build up is another major contributor to faucet leaks. Corrosion can affect the valve seat or other faucet connections, causing leaking from around the spout area. Cleaning out sediments from the valve seat regularly with the help of a plumber helps to avoid this issue.
A worn out, poorly fitting, or improperly installed washer can cause a faucet to leak. The washer can take a lot of pressure being forced against the valve seat every time the faucet is opened. This force can cause the washer to wear out over time. Similarly, a washer that is improperly installed or the wrong size will cause issues with a leaky faucet. Replacing a worn out or incorrectly fitting washer as soon as possible should correct the issue.
Worn Out Seals
In disc style faucets, inlet and outlet seals play an essential role controlling the flow of water. However, sediment can also interfere with the function of these seals and cause a dripping faucet. Having a plumber clean out the sediment from the seals helps the faucet to function more effectively. Alternatively, you can completely replace the seals to resolve the issue.
Loose Parts and Broken Plumbing
Finally, it may be loose parts within the faucet mechanism or broken plumbing elsewhere in your system that is causing a leaky faucet. Loose parts within the faucet can cause leaking near the faucet handle, and require tightening or replacement to fix. Although uncommon, broken pipes, fixtures or fittings in other areas of your plumbing system may be to blame for your dripping faucet. Having a professional plumber inspect your system in this case is the best solution.
Whatever the cause of your leaky faucet, correctly identifying the cause and applying an appropriate solution helps to save your water and plumbing, and stop your faucet dripping.