A dripping faucet may seem like a minor problem, but if it goes too long unrepaired there are much bigger, more expensive consequences. Letting a faucet leak can cause further damage to plumbing and can increase your water bill. Reports from the EPA indicate that the most prominent plumbing issue is a leaking faucet. Luckily, promptly repairing a leak can save nearly 10% on water consumption. Homeowners should be aware that although small drips and leaks appear more of a nuisance than a major problem, it’s important to locate the cause and repair it as soon as possible.
Reasons why faucets leak and drip
- build up of mineral deposits on internal parts
- defective, loose or worn out gaskets, washers and O-rings
- corroded valve seat
- improper installation and/or sizing of parts
- broken or cracked pipes
The four main types of faucets are compression, disc, cartridge and ball. Faucets with a single handle that controls both hot and cold water are either a disc, cartridge or ball faucet. Faucets with two separate controls–one for hot, one for cold–are likely compression faucets. Typically when a leak is located around the handle it means the O-rings, or another internal part, needs to be replaced or tightened. This most commonly occurs in compression faucets. When water consistently drips from the spout, it’s usually indicative of a worn out washer or corroded valve set.
Prompt, Reliable and Quality Repair Service
Contacting a professional plumber with experience in faucet repair is the best course of action to remedy the problem before it becomes a more expensive plumbing issue. Carroll Plumbing & Heating Inc. is knowledgeable and skilled in virtually every make and model of plumbing faucet. We also understand that any leak or drip, no matter how small, is an inconvenience to you and your family. Our plumbing technicians will quickly locate the cause of the leak, disassemble your faucet, and replace internal parts to get you back up and running.