Faucets are an essential component of any home’s structure, and keeping them in good functioning order is critical. A dripping faucet not only disrupts sleep and increases your water bill, but it also produces an inconvenience that can range from bothersome to disastrous. It is important to keep your taps in good operating order.
Following are some of the common causes of a faucet leak.
Faucet components that have been damaged
Leaks are frequently caused by damage to a faucet’s main components. If your tap is dripping continuously, the washer will most likely need to be replaced. Seals weaken over time in compression faucets due to the amount of pressure they are subjected to. Moving parts, including O-rings and seals, are a problem with drip, ball, and cartridge faucets.
Valve Seat Corrosion
As part of the compression mechanism, valve seats connect the faucet and the spout. Water sediments build up over time, corroding the valve seat area and generating a leaking faucet. Corrosion around the spout causes leakage. You can ensure proper function of your valve seat and other critical working parts of the faucet if you invest in regular maintenance and inspections from a skilled plumber.
A worn-out or improperly installed washer
This is probably the most prevalent cause of a dripping and leaky faucet. The washer pushes against the valve seat when the faucet is turned on, generating friction and wearing down the component. Dripping caused by worn-out rubber washers can be fixed by replacing the washer. The faucet will leak if the washer is the wrong size or has been placed improperly.
Screws and sealing nuts
The screw’s adjustment ring and sealing nuts can become loose over time, causing faucets to leak. The leaky faucet may usually be fixed by tightening or replacing the packing/sealing nut.
Parts that have been broken or cracked
A damaged pipe or fitting is most likely to blame if the leak is coming from the pipes beneath the sink. When this happens, you know it’s time to call a plumber.
Make sure to consult a professional plumber for a thorough and detailed repair of the faucets.
The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional service. Please consult a licensed plumber for advice and diagnosis so you can receive the correct service for your specific situation.