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The Hidden Problems Causing Leaky Faucets

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Save Money and Fix Leaking Faucets 

A leaking or dripping faucet should always be addressed quickly. It can end up costing homeowners a lot of money in water bills. If left unchecked, it can also lead to water damage and even mold growth. Fixing or replacing leaking faucets immediately is essential to avoid these costly problems. 

This blog will discuss some of the most common causes of leaking or dripping faucets. Plumbers can accurately diagnose the cause of the leak and determine the most effective solution, whether that is repair or replacement.

Replace Worn Out O-Rings 

o ringA worn-out O-ring is a common cause of dripping near the faucet handle. An O-ring is a mechanical gasket, typically made of rubber or plastic, which forms a seal between two surfaces. O-rings are often used in plumbing fixtures and other water connections to prevent leaking. 

When an O-ring becomes worn out or damaged, it can no longer form a tight seal, allowing water to escape and cause dripping near the faucet handle. The worn-out O-ring must be replaced with a new one to fix this issue. This is usually an easy process and should only take a few minutes. However, it is best to consult a plumber if homeowners are unsure how to do this.

Replace Corroded or Worn Out Washers

A washer is a circular piece that can be made of several materials, including rubber or metal, that is installed next to a faucet's valve seat. Its purpose is to create a seal to prevent water from leaking from the faucet’s spout when someone turns off the tap. When a washer becomes worn out or corroded, it can no longer form an effective seal, resulting in water leaking from the tap's spout. 

A new washer must be installed in the tap to fix this problem. Replacing a washer is typically an easy job for many. However, it’s best to contact a professional for assistance if unsure how to replace the washer, especially since the next common cause of leaky faucets also causes leaking at the spout, making these two causes of leaks harder to distinguish between for amateurs.  

Replace Corroded Valve Seats 

valveA corroded valve seat can also lead to leaking and dripping at the faucet’s spout. The valve seat is part of the faucet that directly contacts the washer or cartridge, providing a seal so water does not leak from around the edges. Over time, this seal can weaken due to corrosion, resulting in water seeping through and dripping out of the spout. 

Corrosion can be caused by sediment, minerals, chemicals, and other corrosive elements that can break down the metal and cause leakage. Finding the source of the problem will require some investigation to ensure it's not a corroded or worn-out washer or cartridge causing the leaking. Taking care of any corrosion issues as soon as they are identified is important since they will only worsen over time and can lead to more problems.

About Towers Plumbing

Towers Plumbing has over eight decades of experience serving Murray, UT, and the surrounding areas. They provide 24-hour emergency repairs, hassle-free service, and fast turnarounds. Call them today for kitchen plumbing and faucet services in Murray, UT.