Dripping faucets can make it impossible to sleep at night and will increase the water bill with every drop. There can be multiple reasons the faucet is leaking, and if not fixed in a timely manner, the problem could end up being costly.
Leaks can waste enough water to fill a swimming pool, or 10,000 gallons each year. Fixing leaky faucets, can save almost 10% on the water bill. However, figuring out what is causing the issue can sometimes be challenging.
- Damaged O ring
The handle of the faucet is held in place by a stem screw and the O ring. If this ring becomes loose or worn from use, it can cause dripping near the handle.
- Corroded valve seat
This is the connection between the faucet and the spout. Water sediments can cause it to corrode over time, causing water to leak. This should be cleaned regularly. Also, a hard water treatment could help get rid of some sediments in the water.
- Worn washer
This is the most common issue people come across with a leaky faucet. With each use, the washer is pushed against the seat valve, causing friction. Over time it will wear out and water will start to drip around the spout.
- Improper washer
If a washer is the wrong size or not installed correctly, the faucet can leak.
- Loose Parts
This is common in older faucets that have seen many years of use. Over time parts just become worn and loose.
- Worn out seals
The inlet and outlet seals can accumulate sediment causing them to wear out. These can be cleaned to prevent build-up and wearing.
- Broken fittings
A broken pipe or broken fitting can sometimes cause the faucet to drip. This is a rare occurrence, but can happen when cracks in the pipes interfere with the water pressure.
If the drip of the sink is keeping everyone up at night, it might be time to call All Star Plumbing and Restoration. They can determine the cause of the leak and get rid of the dripping.