A leaky faucet is an annoying but prevalent home issue that can disrupt your beauty sleep and rack up your home’s water bill. Even a smaller leak can send three gallons of water down the drain every single day. Leave it that way for a few months or a year, and you will have wasted enough water to fill up a whole swimming pool. There’s plenty of reasons your faucet might be leaking, but depending on the issue, you might be able to fix it. If not, don’t be afraid to call B&D Plumbing for any faucet repair issues! Here are some of the top reasons for a faucet repair.
One problem that happens mostly in cartridge faucets is a loose or worn-down O-ring. This is the smaller disc that is attached to the stem screw that holds the handle of the faucet in one place. A weak O-ring will cause the faucet to drop around the handle.
A leak within a cartridge faucet could also be due to the cartridge itself, which might have to be replaced. You’ll have to make sure you have a matching replacement cartridge to swap it out.
Corroded Valve Seat
If the faucet leak appears to be originating from the spout, it might be a problem with the valve seat, which attaches the faucet with your spout. An increase of water sediments can corrode the valve seat, which causes a leak. You can avoid this by consistently cleaning the valve seat, generally with the help of a professional. This is one important appliance of your faucet to check for a proper faucet repair.
Another typical cause of spout leakage is issues with the washer that rests against the valve seat. As time passes, the friction between these two parts can make the washer wear out. Leaks can occur if the washer is installed the wrong way or is the wrong size. This mostly happens in compression faucets.
Just like the valve seats, inlet and outlet seals can become very corroded by built-up water sediments over time.
If the faucet only tends to drip or leak down during certain times of the day or when you move the handles a specific way, the problem could lie with the water pressure.
Loose and Broken Parts
The packing nuts and the adjusting ring in the stream screw become very loose over time, causing a leak to occur in the faucet’s handle. Tightening the packing nut and replacing it will generally do the trick.
If you have any issues dealing with your faucet on your own, don’t hesitate to call B&D Plumbing to conduct a professional faucet repair for you!
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