This Is What’s Making Your Faucet Leak
That drip, drip, drip is enough to drive you crazy. You’ve tried everything you can think of, and still the faucet leaks.
There are a number of different plumbing problems that make faucets leak. From mineral deposits to equipment wearing out, it might be several things going wrong.
You can ignore it. But a leaky faucet is a serious problem. According to the EPA, the average household can have leaks totaling 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year.
That’s a lot of water!
The sooner you fix a water leak, the less money it will cost you flowing down the drain.
If your faucet is leaking, it’s most likely caused by one of these things:
Loose parts – Think about how often you use your faucet each day. On and off. On and off. Depending on where it’s located, it’s probably one of the most frequently used fixtures in your home. All of that use means parts loosen and wear out over time. A faucet can only be used so many times before the individual parts loosen and start to wiggle.
Worn out seals – Depending on the type of faucet you have, it may have both inlet and outlet seals that can wear down over time. They accumulate sediment every time water flows through the filter. And as that sediment builds, it impacts the operational mechanism inside your faucet. Replacing these seals can make your faucet as good as new.
Plumbing problems – If you’ve tried everything you can think of to fix your faucet on your own, you might have a bigger problem. Plumbing problems don’t occur overnight. Instead, they build over time. Slowly, a pipe loosens, a connection breaks, and a small leak appears in different ways. There could be pressure issues or thermal expansion that is hard to pinpoint and track down. If you’ve tried different ways to fix a water leak and can’t find the solution, it’s time to look deeper into your plumbing.
Have a problem with a leaky faucet?