|Gino's Plumbing and Heating
| What Causes a Leaky Faucet?
In general, there are roughly six major causes of a leaky faucet
First, you might have worn out washers. How does this happen? Well, every time you turn on
the water, the washer comes into contact with the valve seat. This causes friction and over
time will wear out the washer. When this happens, water begins dripping from the spout. In
compression faucets, this happens when rubber washers wear out, requiring replacement.
Another common cause of a leaky faucet is a corroded seat valve. The seat valve acts as a
connector between the faucet and the spout compression mechanism. As water sediment
builds over time, this can lead to corrosion of the valve seat, resulting in leaking around the
If your washer and seat valve are in tact, chances are you could have a problem with your O-
ring. In most faucets, a stern screw holds the handle of a faucet in place. The stern screw
attachés to a small disk referred to as the O-ring. If the O-ring loosens or wears out, water may
start dripping near the handle of your faucet. Replacing the O-ring can solve the problem and
stop a leaky faucet.
In more serious cases, the improper installation of a washer can lead to a leaky faucet.
Depending on the kind of faucet you have, you may need the assistance of an experienced
plumber who can dismantle and repair the problem.
Worn out seals can also cause leaking faucets. Over time, however, these can wear out due
to the build up of sediment. Since inlet and outlet seals are important parts of a faucet,
sediment buildup around the seals can compromise their ability to act effectively.
Problems with piping can also cause leaks. Here, broken piping, cracked piping, or broken
pipe fittings can result in leaks that effect water pressure. If you’ve excluded all other potential
causes, you may want to contact a plumber to determine if you have a problem with your pipes.
Unless it keeps you up at night, most people don’t act immediately to
fix a leaking faucet. While numbers may differ, in general, a leaky
faucet can waste $20 in water in a fairly short period of time. In fact,
according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, leaky
faucets can result in a loss of 10,000 gallons of water in a home in a
year. To give you some idea of how much water that is, 10,000 gallons
would fill a swimming pool. This means that, on average, fixing a leaky
faucet could reduce the average homeowner’s water bill by 10%.
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