• Howard Gallagher

Common Causes Of Leaky Faucets

Your faucet is an important part of your home's plumbing system. A leaking faucet can be like a peeble in your shoe. It is a consistent annoyance. If left unchecked can cause water damage and increase in utility bills. Here are the top 5 reasons why you may have a leaky faucet.

Corroded Valve Seat

A valve seat is between the faucet and the spout in the compression mechanism. In areas that have hard water can cause the valve seat to corrode.

O Ring Issue

A stem screw is used to hold the handle of a faucet in place. The O ring can become loose or wear out over regular use, causing the faucet to drip near the handle. Replacing the damaged O ring will fix it if this is the issue. This issue is associated with cartridge faucets.

Worn Out Washer

This is one of the most common causes associated with compression faucet. Dripping caused by worn-out rubber washers can be fixed by replacing the washer.

Water Pressure

Water pressure can slowly creep up in your system. It can be the cause of high utility bills.

Loose Parts

The adjusting ring and packing nuts in the stream screw can become loose over time, causing your sink handle to start leaking. Tightening or replacing the packing nut will usually do the trick to fix the leaky faucet.

What to do if you have a leaky faucet

Most faucets that leak can be fixed by homeowners if they have the right tools and some basic knowledge of plumbing. If you are unsure the cause of the leak it is best to leave it in the hands of a professional plumber.