Why Is My Faucet Leaking?

February 17, 2022

Do you have a leaking faucet on your property? The water wasted through the leak can quickly add up, resulting in massive amounts of wasted water and excessive water bills.

For this reason, it’s critical that you take immediate action to address a leaking faucet on your property so you do not experience these higher bills and unnecessarily waste water. But what are the causes of a leaky faucet?

Here are a few examples of some of the most common causes of leaks.

Damage to the cartridge

Faucets that have two handles (one for hot water and one for cold) feature a cartridge style. The cartridge is the valve located on each handle that controls the level of water flow into the faucet spout. If you have water dripping out of your faucet even when you’ve completely closed the handles, this means there is likely damage to the cartridge causing the leak.

Water pressure problems

Have you noticed the leaks from your faucet only occur at certain times, or when you turn the handle a certain way? This could mean there is an issue with your home’s water pressure that is causing the leaks to occur. You should check your water pressure levels and monitor them as much as possible to make sure they stay at the proper levels.

Broken or damaged washers

Broken washers are another issue that can lead to leaks in faucets in the bathroom or kitchen. Washers sit against the valve seat in the faucet assembly. Over time, friction in the assembly can result in those washers wearing down, which creates cracks that lead to leaking. If you have a washer that is not installed properly or is the wrong size for the assembly, this could also result in issues such as leaking or other malfunctions.

O-ring problems

The O-ring is a part of the faucet that looks like a small disc. It is attached to the stem screw and is designed to hold the faucet’s handle in place. Much like a washer, over long periods of use, the O-ring can become worn out or start to wiggle loose. You should first check to see if you can tighten it back into position, especially if you notice water leaking from the handles. However, if that doesn’t work, you should remove it and inspect it for signs of damage, then replace it if necessary.

Valve seat wear and tear

If you have a faucet that’s leaking from the spout, this is likely an issue with the valve seat. This component connects the faucet to the spout. Over time there could be a buildup of sediment that corrodes the seat, which can result in the formation of leaks. You can prevent this issue by regularly cleaning the sediment out of the valve seat.

If you’ve noticed leaks coming from your faucet, take a close look at its components for the above signs and take whatever action necessary to resolve the problem. For more information or to schedule plumbing repairs, contact the team at Moody & McClendon Plumbing Inc. today.

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