5 Possible Causes of A Leaky Faucet
That leaky faucet of yours is neither eco-friendly nor budget-friendly, but sadly common in American households. The United States Environmental Protection Agency states that “leaks can cause almost 10,000 gallons of wastage in a home every year” and “the most prominent leakage issue is caused by a dripping faucet; fixing one can save almost 10% of a homeowner’s water bill.” Attending to your faulty faucet could save you hundreds of dollars down the line, but first you will have to figure out the cause of the problem. Here are a few reasons why your faucet might be leaking:
- Damaged or Faulty O-Ring
If the leak seems to be coming from near the handle of your faucet, there might be a problem with a small disc attached to the stem screw that holds your handle in place. This disc is called the O-Ring, and after frequent usage it might become loose or worn out. This problem occurs in cartridge faucets and can be fixed by simply replacing the O-Ring.
- Damaged Cartridge
Another possible cause for a leak in your cartridge faucet is that the cartridge itself is worn-out and needs to be replaced. Measure the cartridge carefully, and take it to the original faucet dealer to make sure that the new cartridge will fit properly.
- Valve-Seat Corrosion
Sediment can accumulate in the valve seat that connects the faucet and spout in compression faucets. This causes corrosion and dripping in the spout area. Have the valve seat cleaned regularly, with the aid of a plumber, in order to prevent this.
- Worn-Out Washer
If you notice dripping around the spout, your leak may be the result of one of the most common causes of dripping faucets: a worn out washer. These are found in compression faucets, and in this case you will probably have to replace the washer inside the tap.
- Water Pressure Too High
If your faucet begins to drip after certain activities or during certain parts of the day, your water pressure might be too high. This could prevent water from leaving certain areas, causing it to backup into faucets or toilet tanks. This problem can slowly increase in severity, so you may want to slightly lower your water pressure, and might have to call a plumber eventually.
Is your Greenwood home in need of a faucet repair? Call Johnson Heating & Cooling today at (317) 881-7738 for immediate solutions!