Kitchen & Bathroom Faucet Repair and Installation Services
Faucets are an essential part of a home and keeping them in a good working condition is necessary. A leaky faucet not only disturbs sleep and increases your water bill but can also be an inconvenience, that might range from annoying to disastrous. The typical reasons for a dripping faucet include corrosion, mineral deposit on the internal parts, or defective gaskets, o-rings, or washers. Nonetheless, most faucets that leak can be fixed easily given the right tools, and knowledge. Ignoring a leaky faucet can turn a simple repair of $100 into a project in the $1,000’s.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency reveals, “On an average, leaks can cause almost 10,000 gallons of wastage in a home every year, and this amount is sufficient to fill a swimming pool. The most common issues of leakage are dripping faucets, leakage in toilet flappers, or leaking valves, all of which can be easily fixed. However, among these, the most prominent leakage issue is caused by a dripping faucet; fixing one can save almost 10% of a homeowner’s water bill.”
Any leaks or unused/wasted water causes an unnecessary strain on our environment both in supply and treatment of said water. In an attempt to conserve water, our government has required most new plumbing faucets to be “water saver” faucets. This not only benefits our planet, but our wallets as well.
There may be several reasons behind why your faucet is dripping. Below are some of the more common reasons.
1. Problem in the O-ring – A stem screw is used to hold the handle of a faucet in place. This stem screw comprises of a small disc attached to it, known as the O ring. This is an integral point wherein dripping can occur. The O ring can become loose or wear out over time and usage, causing the faucet to drip near the handle. Replacing the old O ring can fix the faucet, if this is the issue. This problem occurs specifically in cartridge faucets.
2. Corroded Valve Seat – A valve seat serves as a connection between the faucet and the spout in compression mechanism. Accumulation of water deposits can cause the valve seat to corrode, causing a leak around the spout area. Make sure that you clean the valve seat often, with the help of a professional plumber.
3. Worn out Washer – This is one of the most common causes for a dripping faucet. During each use, the washer is forced against the valve seat, and this constant friction and resistance causes it to wear out. As a result, dripping is noticed around the spout. Dripping caused due to worn out rubber washers in a compression faucet can be mended by replacing the washer as soon as possible.
4. Improper Installation of Washer – Often, if the washer is not installed properly or is not the correct size, it can cause leakage. Acquire professional help in installing the washer correctly, and you can say adios to the leakage problem.
5. Loose Parts – Due to continued use, the adjusting ring and packing nuts in the steam screw may become loose, causing a leak near the handle of the faucet. If there is a leak from the handle, either you need to tighten the packing nut or replace it entirely.
6. Worn out Seals – Inlet and outlet seals are an essential part of disc faucets. After time, sediment can collect inside the assembly, causing the seals to wear out. A plumber will determine if this is the issue and will clean the water sediments from the inlet and outlet seals, to make sure that your faucet mechanism is working properly. You can also replace the seals with duplicates.
7. Broken Plumbing – A dripping faucet may also be caused due to a broken pipe or fittings. Broken pipes develop cracks that may interfere with the water pressure and lead to a dripping faucet from time to time.
8. Water Pressure – Increase or decrease in pressure can cause leaks as well. After faucets have been a part of plumbing system for long time, there is an assumed tolerance of pressure.
Metro Rooter is always available for advice on Jacksonville plumbing repairs. Please be sure to call us before beginning a repair, as repairs started by others tend to be pricier. Call us today for all of your faucet repair needs (904) 695-1911!