Why is My Faucet Leaking?
If your faucet drips even when it’s turned it off, the problem could be stemming from a number of different issues. The pipes may be corroded, there may be defective gaskets, or there could be mineral deposits in the internal parts of the faucet—that’s just to name a few.
If you ignore a dripping faucet in your home, what could be a simple repair will quickly turn into a large and expensive plumbing project, so it’s very important that you take of the problem as soon as possible. Fortunately, the most simple faucets repairs won’t require professional help, as long you act quickly enough. However, if you can’t solve the problem on your own, the professional Plano plumbers at Harvey West Plumbing can take of it quickly and professionally.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a leaking faucet can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water per household every year. The most common leakage problems include:
- Dripping faucets
- Leaks in toilet flappers, and
- Leaking valves
The EPA says that fixing these leaks can save you up to 10% on your average water bill.
Because a dripping faucet can waste such a significant amount of water, this problem has a large impact on the environment. By not taking care of any faucet repairs you need for your Plano home, you’re wasting money and valuable resources.
So What’s Making Your Faucet Drip?
Here are a few of the most common problems that cause a faucet to leak:
- Loose PartsYour faucet is used almost continuously, so it’s not uncommon for a few of its inner-workings to come loose over time. There are a lot of moving parts within your Plano home’s faucet, and when they’re loose, they can cause leakage at the handle of the faucet. You’ll need to either tighten the parts of your faucet that have come loose, or replace them.
- Worn Out SealsDisc faucets have inlet and outlet seals that are necessary to the way they function, and which can become worn over time with constant use and sediment build-up. This could be causing your faucet to leak. Our plumbing repair specialists can clean the water sediments regularly to make sure your faucet is functioning properly. You also may need to replace your seals to ensure the proper functioning of your faucet.
- Broken PlumbingThis is a less common problem, but it’s possible that your faucet is leaking because of a broken pipe or fitting. When a pipe cracks, it can often alter the water pressure of your Plano home’s plumbing system. If you’ve tried other solutions, you may need to contact a professional plumber to evaluate your plumbing system and its pipes.