by Duane Blanton on June 20, 2014

What causes my faucets to drip?


Faucet RepairIn addition to annoyance, the steady drip of a leaky faucet can also cause water stains and even a small flood; Which is why it’s never a good idea to let a leaky faucet go for long without getting fixed. However, before you do so, you need to know why your faucet started dripping in the first place. There are several factors that can cause a dripping faucet; A worn out cartridge, damaged parts, broken plumbing, and water pressure. A worn out cartridge is a common cause of faucet dripping; This can easily be fixed by having the cartridge replaced with a matching one.

If you start to realize that your faucet only seems to drip during certain behaviors or certain times of the day, water pressure could be the cause of your dripping faucet. When water pressure is responsible for a dripping faucet, it means that water is being backed up in another location of the house due to water pressure and so the water is moving to an available faucet (which would be the one experiencing the dripping). Dripping as a result from water pressure is not serious but you should eventually call out a plumber to fix the issue.

A dripping faucet resulting from broken plumbing is an uncommon cause, but it can happen if there’s a broken pipe or fitting. These broken pipes and fittings can develop cracks which will cause water to leak out below the sink; However, if the broken plumbing is affecting the water pressure, the faucet that’s connected to the broken plumbing can experience dripping from time to time.

Damaged parts tends to be the biggest reason that faucets drip. If you’re experiencing a steady drip from your faucet, it’s very likely because the washer inside the tap needs to be replaced. Compression faucets can become damaged over time as they’re continuously put under a lot of water pressure as it flows. If you have a ball or drip faucet, which are both washer-less, the drip your faucet is experiencing could be the result of a damaged outlet seal, inlet seal, or a moved O ring.

Is your Round Lakes home in need of a faucet repair? Call Duane Blanton today at (847) 855-0000 for immediate solutions!

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