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6 Reasons Your Faucet Might Be Dripping

Posted by Joey Haack on Mar 28, 2018 4:05:00 PM


A leaky sink can be a nuisance, but if you don’t know the root of the problem, you may worsen the leak or spend far more on a replacement. Here are 6 reasons your faucet might be dripping.


Common Reasons Faucets Leak

1. O-Ring

The O-ring is a part of the stem screw, which is used to hold the handle of your faucet in place. The O-ring is in a critical area. Over time, the O-ring can break, loosen, or wear out, which can cause your faucet to drip.


2. Corroded Valve Seat

The valve seat acts as the connection between the faucet and the spout. Mineral deposits left behind by water can corrode the valve seat and cause leaking around the spout.


3. Worn Seals

Seals are crucial parts of your faucet’s mechanisms. After repeated usage, water can leave behind sediment and mineral deposits. These substances can damage the seals and render them ineffective.


4. Washer Problems

One of the most common reasons for a leaky faucet is a worn out or broken washer. Every time your faucet is used, the washer is pushed against the valve seat and over time, the constant and repeated pressure causes the washer to wear out.


5. Loose Parts

The constant use of your faucet can cause various pieces in your faucet to loosen. The adjusting ring or packing nut inside the stem screw may become loose, causing your faucet to leak.


6. Broken Plumbing

Though much more rare than the other problems described, a broken pipe may be the source of your leaky faucet. A broken pipe may interfere with the water pressure going to your faucet, causing it to leak.


How to Fix Your Leak Problem

  1. Turn the water supply to your faucet before you attempt to make any repairs. This will make the repair process easier and prevent you from making a bigger mess. 
  1. Check the trouble areas mentioned above. You may be able to identify a problem right away, or it may take a little investigation. 
  1. If you find nothing broken, try tightening any loose pieces. Be careful not to over tighten or you may end up breaking a part. 
  1. If any parts are broken, take a trip to a hardware store to find replacements. If your faucet is less than ten years old, the whole thing probably doesn’t need to be replaced. You can save quite a bit of money by replacing smaller parts. 
  1. Test your faucet to see if the leak has stopped. If it has, congratulations! You’ve fixed your faucet. If it hasn’t, call a plumber to assist you.


If your faucet is leaking or you need any other type of plumbing service in the Aspen area, contact Pacific in Carbondale, CO. Whether you have a leaky faucet or a major plumbing emergency, we have you covered! 


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Topics: plumbing