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Common Causes For Leaky Faucets


Faucets are an important part of a home system and it’s essential to keep them in good working condition. Not only does a leaky faucet interrupt sleep and add to the water bill but it also creates an inconvenience that may vary from irritating to catastrophic. Fortunately, most leaky faucets can be replaced by homeowners if they have the right tools and some basic plumbing knowledge.

Here are four common causes of leaky faucets you need to watch out for:

Problem In The O Ring/Worn Out O-Rings

The handle of a faucet is fixed in place by a stem screw. This stem screw holds a small disk, known as the O ring. This is an integral part of where dripping can take place. The O ring can become loose or wear out over daily use, causing the faucet to drip close to the handle. Replacing the damaged O ring should repair it when that’s the problem. This particular issue exists in cartridge faucets.

Call your trusted faucet repair professional to determine the right course of action, and have them identify the cause of the problem.

Corroded Valve Seat

If you find water leaking from your faucet’s spout rather than the base, a corroded valve seat may be the culprit. In the compression mechanism, the valve seat connects the faucet and the spout. Over time, the accumulation of water sediments will cause the seat of the valve to corrode, leading to leakage around your faucet spout.

To avoid this corrosion, make sure you hire a plumbing repair professional to regularly clean the valve seat of your sink. If your valve seat is already corroded, the machine should be replaced completely and maintained regularly in the future.

Worn Out Washer

This is one of the most common causes behind a leaky faucet. The washer is forced against the valve seat during each use, and that constant friction causes it to wear out. As a result, leaking around the spout is noticed. By replacing the washer, leakage caused by worn-out rubber washers can be mended. This form of leak occurs in a compression faucet.

Call Shaul’s plumbing repair experts to get the problem evaluated and fixed.

Loose Parts

Loose parts in your faucet are an inevitable sign of cumulative wear and tear from ageing. One or more of the many small parts of your sink could be worn out after years of use, causing water to leak. It may be a loose adjusting ring, loose packing nut, or worn-out spring case.

To get your faucet fixed efficiently and correctly, contact a qualified plumbing company such as Shaul’s Plumbing and Heating Ltd to have the problem instantly diagnosed.

For your plumbing concerns and emergencies, call Shaul’s at 778-397-4850 to schedule an appointment with us.