Dripping or Leaking Faucets
Got a Dripping or Leaky Faucet? Call Thousand Oaks Plumbing!
Some faucet leaks are easy to spot—water dripping or running from the spout, even when the faucet is turned off. Or maybe you have to turn the faucet handle a little tighter each time you turn the faucet off. Perhaps you need to adjust the handle “just so” to keep it from dripping. But not all faucet leaks are that obvious and can occur in places other than the spout itself.
One small drip or leak will get worse over time and will eventually show up on your water bill.
Why Is My Faucent Dripping?
Here are some of the top reasons why your faucet may be dripping:
This small gasket or seal is attached to the screw that holds the handle in place. A bad O-ring will cause the faucet to drip near the handle.
Screws, nuts and bolts can wear out or loosen over time. If your handle or faucet jiggles when you use it, you may have a connection that needs tightening or replacing.
Worn Out Cartridge
Cartridge faucets have two handles—one for hot water and one for cold water. Each handle has its own cartridge, a valve which turns with the handle and regulates the flow of water to the spout. If the cartridge is worn out, it needs to be replaced.
Damaged Valve Seat
If the leak is coming from the spout, it could be a problem with the valve seat, a rubber or flexible seal between the faucet and the spout.
Like valve seats, seals at the inlet and outlet can become corroded or wear out over time.
When washers wear out, are installed incorrectly or are the wrong size, leaks can occur. This is more common in compression faucets.
If your faucet only drips at certain times of the day or when the handle is moved a certain way, the problem could be with your system’s water pressure.
If the leak is happening under the sink, the most likely cause is a broken pipe or fitting.
Do I Need a Plumber?
If you are handy, you might be able to repair simple problems like a loose screw or damaged washer. But there are many different types of faucets and each one operates different and requires unique parts. The best way to get your leaking or dripping faucet fixed is to enlist the help of a professional plumber.