Tuesday, October 13, 2015
What Causes a Faucet to Leak or Drip?
While it’s true that a dripping faucet can be irritating and frustrating, it’s also important to not that this smaller problem could be a sign of larger problems with your faucet, pipes, or plumbing. If your faucet continues to drip when the nozzle is in the "off" position, the problem could be being caused by a wide range of different things. Pipe corrosion, defective gaskets, and mineral deposits are all possible causes, and there are plenty more.
Ignoring a problem with a dripping faucet in your home will only what would be a simple repair to develop into a large (and expensive) plumbing project. Taking care of the problem as soon as possible will guarantee that you need the least expensive repairs possible, and if you catch the problem quickly enough, the repairs may be simple enough that you don’t need to hire a professional. However, if you cannot solve the problem on your own, the professional North Carolina plumbing contractors at Pride Plumbing, Inc. can provide you with quick and thorough repairs.
One of the most important reasons to repair your leaking faucet as soon as possible is to prevent wasting water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, leaks can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water per household each year. The most common leakage problems in residential properties include:
- Leaks in Toilets Flappers
- Leaking Valves
- Dripping Faucets
Fixing these leaks could easily save you up to 10% on your average water bill.
And because dripping faucets can waste such a significant amount of water, this problem can have a huge impact on the environment. By not taking care of a problems with your North Carolina home’s faucets, you’ll be wasting money as well as valuable resources.
So What’s Making Your Faucet Drip?
Here are a few of the most common causes of faucet leaks:
- Loose Parts
Your faucet is used very frequently, so over time, it isn’t uncommon for some of its inner-workings to come loose. Within your North Carolina home’s faucets are many smaller moving parts, and any one of them comes loose, it can cause leakage at the handle of the faucet. You may need to tighten these parts of your faucet, or some parts may need to be replaced.
- Worn Out Seals
Disc faucets have inlet and outlet seals which are very important to the way that they function. These seals can be come worn out over time because of sediment build up and frequent use. This could be causing your faucet to leak. our plumbing repair contractors recommend that you have the water sediments regularly cleaned in order to keep your faucet functioning properly, and you may also need to replace seals.
- Broken Plumbing
This is the least common of these three causes, but it is possible that your faucet is leaking because of a broken pipe, broken fitting, or a problem with some other part of your plumbing system. When a pipe in your plumbing system cracks, for instance, it may alter the water pressure throughout your North Carolina home, which can cause your faucet to leak. If you’ve tried other solutions, contact our professionals for an inspection of your plumbing system and its pipes.