What Causes Faucet Leaks? The Top 4 Culprits

Faucet leaks are one of the most common plumbing problems. They’re so common that many homeowners just live with them and even learn to tune out the sound of the dripping.

This can be a costly mistake. When you call Accurate Plumbing Solutions to fix your faucet leak, you’ll quickly recoup the money in a much cheaper water bill, and maybe even a cheaper electric bill if your faucet is leaking hot water.

Here are the main causes of faucet leaks.

Worn Cartridge

Your faucet leak may be caused by the wearing down of the cartridge inside your faucet. This is a fairly easy fix if it’s done by a plumber. Some DIYers can even tackle this job, but be sure you have some knowledge of plumbing. A mistake can be disastrous and costly.

Water Pressure

If your faucet seems to only drop at certain times of the day, your culprit may be water pressure that’s too high. Water pressure can prevent water from flowing away from certain points, which causes it to back up and leak at another place, such as another faucet or the toilet overflow tank.

Damaged Parts

Your leaky faucet may need a replacement washer or even seals inside compression faucets.

Keep in mind that cartridge, drip, and ball faucets don’t have washers, so if you have one of these, your drip is caused by something else. In this case, you’ll need to look at moving parts like the O rings or actual damage to inlet or outlet seals.

Broken Plumbing

More rarely, your faucet could be dripping because of a broken fitting or pipe, which can develop cracks that leak in the area underneath the sink.

Whatever is causing you faucet leaks, Accurate Plumbing Solutions is here to help.

 

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