Drip, drip, drip. Is there anything more annoying than a leaky faucet? The constant drip into a sink or tub in a quiet home is enough to make anyone go crazy. As you lie awake at night listening to the repetitive sound, you’re probably asking yourself why on earth is my faucet leaking? And, better yet, how do I fix it?
If you ignore a leaky faucet, you might experience some sleepless nights and high water bills and possibly acquire some water stains. Here are some common reasons why faucets can start to leak and what to do about them.
Problems with the Washer
One of the most common reasons a faucet starts to leak is when a washer wears out. When a faucet is in use, the washer is pushed up against the valve seat. The friction can cause the washer to wear out over time.
Drips can also occur if the washer is the wrong size or if it was incorrectly installed. If the washer is the issue, you will notice a leak at the spout. Replacing the washer should fix the leak in your compression faucet.
Issues with the O-Ring
A frequent problem seen in cartridge faucets is a worn out or loose O-ring. A screw is used to hold the faucet's handle in place. A small disc, known as the O-ring, is attached to this stem screw.
An O-ring can wear out or become loose after repetitive use, which can cause a faucet to leak around the handle area. If this is indeed the issue, simply replacing the O-ring can remedy your leaky faucet.
Worn Out Cartridge
Another common reason for a leak in a cartridge faucet is the cartridge itself. Replacing the worn cartridge should do the trick if this is the issue.
When replacing this, be sure to get the same cartridge to fit the gap correctly. Measure the old cartridge before and after removal to ensure you get the correct size.
If your faucet's drip isn't constant and nagging but only happens at certain times of the day or when you’re doing certain things around the house, the issue could be your water pressure.
If your water pressure is too high, it can prevent water from flowing away from a certain area properly, causing it to leak out of another place, like a faucet. Call a professional plumber to assess your water pressure and adjust it if necessary.
A more severe cause of leaky faucets can be broken or damaged pipes and fittings. Broken pipes develop cracks that can interfere with your home’s water pressure and lead to dripping faucets.
If you think your faucet may be dripping due to damaged plumbing, call a plumbing repair service professional immediately. Whether it's a broken pipe leading to a faucet leak or a substantial leak directly related to the plumbing in the area underneath your sink, this situation is best left to the pros. When it comes to this type of leak, time is of the essence; the longer you put off having it repaired, the more damage will be done and the more expensive the problem will be to fix.
If your faucet is leaking and you're not sure why, contact Pacific for Aspen and Carbondale plumbing services. We serve customers throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. For emergency service, call 1-888-906-4769. For non-emergencies, you can request a repair below or call 970-963-6563.