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3 Common Causes Of A Leaky Faucet

There are few plumbing issues that are more annoying than a dripping faucet. Not only can dripping faucets seem particularly loud during quiet nighttime hours, they can also be a sign that your home plumbing is wasting water when it absolutely should not be. Read on and discover a few common causes of a leaky faucet and how you can rectify the issue if you discover it. If a leaky faucet is continuing to give you a significant amount of trouble, then you should call on the services of a local and trusted plumber.

Problems With Your O Ring

Check out the stem screw on your faucet's handle. This is the screw that is burrowed right into the middle of your faucet's handle. Attached to this there is a small, circular apparatus called an O ring. The O ring is a structurally sound portion of your faucet and it can, unfortunately, spring a leak. If you notice that your faucet is leaking from the top or sides of your handles, then it could be a problem with one of the O rings. The most common issue that can befall your O ring is that it simply will become worn over time. It can easily be replaced, however. Remove the stem screw, take out the old O ring, and replace it with a new one. They are quite inexpensive and can be purchased at any hardware store.

Broken Plumbing

If you have cracked pipes, your faucets can leak as a direct result of this. Broken fittings will undoubtedly cause the water pressure in your plumbing system to become higher and higher. This pressure will eventually force water through the plumbing system and out your faucet. This issue isn't common, and it's usually quite easy to spot, but it is a very serious issue. If you notice that your pipes are leaking or obviously cracked, it is highly recommended that you call an emergency plumber as soon as you possibly can. This will remedy your leaky faucet as well as any other problems that accompany broken pipes.

Worn Washer

A worn washer, much like a worn O ring, is another easy problem to solve. Over time, the pressure placed against the washer, located where the spigot meets the handle, will cause it to wear. Unscrew the handle to locate the washer. Although most stock washers that come with sink faucets are metal, it is recommended that you replace it with a rubber washer. These tend to last considerably longer.