Your faucets are an indispensable part of your home’s plumbing system. Keeping them in an excellent working condition is critical. A leaky faucet not only disturbs you from sleeping and adds to your water bill, but also causes a significant inconvenience that might range from annoying to devastating. The usual causes for a leaky faucet include mineral deposits, corrosion, defective gaskets, O-rings, or washers. Luckily, most faucets that leak can be easily fixed by homeowners or expert plumbers. Faucet repairs can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Here are four reasons to consider a faucet replacement if you’re having trouble fixing it yourself.
What Causes the Faucet to Drip?
There might be a few reasons as to why your faucet might be dripping. Here’s a couple of causes for any dripping and some more reasons to consider a faucet replacement for your home.
Problem Within the O-Ring
A stem screw holds the handle of your faucet in place. This stem screw includes a smaller disc attached to it, known as the O-ring. This is a prominent spot where dripping can occur. The O-ring can become more loose or wear out over time, causing the faucet to drip. If this is the case, consider hiring an expert plumber for a faucet replacement.
Worn Down Washer
This is a very common cause behind a leaky faucet. During use, the washer is forced against the valve seat, and this consistent friction allows it to wear out. As a result, dripping is noticeable around the faucet’s spout. Dripping causes by any warn-out rubber washers can be fixed up with a faucet replacement. This type of leak is typically found within compression faucets.
Corroded Valve Seat
A valve seat usually serves as a link between the faucet and the spout within the compression mechanism. Accumulation of water sediments can lead to the valve seat to corrode, causing leakage around the faucet’s spout area. Be sure to clean the valve seat regularly with the assistance of a professional from a plumbing service.
Improper Washer Installation
One last cause of a leaky faucet is if a washer is not installed correctly. Consider hiring a professional to assist you with your installation if this is the case.
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Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.
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