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Causes of a Leaky Faucet

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that plumbing leaks waste almost 10,000 gallons of water per year in the average U.S. household. That’s enough water to fill a swimming pool!

While total water waste is the accumulation of many types of leaks, drippy faucets top the list. Find out potential causes for your leaky faucet so you can seek the proper repair.

Worn Out Washer

As one of the most common reasons for faucet leaks, a worn out washer can cause dripping around the spout or handle in compression faucets. The washer wears out because of constant friction with the valve seat, another component of compression faucets. The only way to fix the problem is to replace the washer.

Improper Washer Installation

If you buy the wrong replacement washer or install it incorrectly, the faucet could continue to leak. If you have trouble with a DIY leaky faucet repair, contact a plumber for help remedying the problem.

Loose or Worn Out O Ring

Every cartridge faucet has a stem screw in the handle, which includes a small disc called an O ring. Regular use can loosen or wear out the O ring, causing the faucet handle to drip. When a worn O ring is the source of the leaky faucet, replacing it is enough to repair the problem.

Corroded Valve Seat

In compression mechanisms, the faucet and spout are connected by a valve seat. Sediment can cause the valve seat to corrode, allowing water to leak out around the spout. Hiring a plumber to clean the valve seat before it corrodes is the best preventative measure. Otherwise, you need to replace it.

Loose Parts

Continual use can cause packing nuts and the adjusting ring to come loose, causing water to leak around the handle. First, try tightening the packing nuts and replace them only if necessary.

Worn Out Seals

Disc faucets feature inlet and outlet seals, which can wear out and leak if sediment builds up in the assembly. Regular cleaning from a qualified plumber can help prevent this, but if you’re already faced with worn out seals, have them replaced to repair the leak.

Faucet Repair in Central Jersey

No matter the cause behind your leaky faucet, you may need help from a plumber to repair the leak and stop wasting water. Our Old Bridge, NJ area plumbers have experience with faucet repair and additional bathroom and kitchen plumbing services and can handle all your needs. To schedule faucet repair in Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer, or Ocean County, contact Arctic Air Conditioning today!

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