A leaky faucet is something most people are familiar with — that constant slow drip that you can hear echoing from the sink basin during the quiet hours of the day. If left unfixed, you can start to see an increase in your water bill, and over time it can cause even further damage to your faucet. But what causes that annoying drip? Is it something you’ve done wrong?
Actually, a leaky faucet often comes from just old and worn out parts. This is common for most appliances, and if you think of how often that faucet is getting used, you begin to understand that it’s only a matter of time before it also needs a little care. This is especially true with high traffic sinks in the home. Some of the parts that might wear down are the washers within the faucet, or the O-ring (part of the stem-screw used to hold the handle in place). With regular friction due to use over time, these can wear down or become loose, causing a drip to occur. All that is needed is to replace these items, if they are the root of the leak, and you can say goodbye to the drip.
Another cause of a leaky faucet can be traced back to mineral deposits that accumulate on the valve seat. The valve seat is the connection between the faucet and the sprout, and is part of the compression mechanism used in the faucet. Over time, water sediments can leave deposits, which can corrode the valve seat. A simple replacement of this part is also all that is needed for this problem.
One thing that you can more easily check yourself is the water pressure. If you notice the leak happens more during specific times of day or when certain water features in your home are being used, it could be a sign of your water pressure being a bit too high.
Each of these things might be the cause of your leaky faucet, and each can be fixed with little trouble. If you find yourself with a leaky faucet in your home or business, give us a call at Stuart’s Plumbing and we will gladly come to quickly assess and fix the problem.