Faucets are indispensable parts of our homes and making sure that all of them are working right, is absolutely imperative. A faucet that’s dripping—whether it is in the bathroom sink or in the kitchen—not only adds to your water bills but might also make it difficult to sleep at night. The consequences could be anywhere between frustrating to disastrous for you and your home.
The most common reasons behind dripping faucets are mineral deposits inside the faucet or warped gaskets. While the causes are relatively simple, they still require professional plumbing attention.
Here are a few reasons why faucets drip:
CORROSION OF VALVE SEATS
The valve seat is the connection between the spout compression mechanism and the faucet. Any sort of accumulation of mineral sediments on the valve seat can lead to corrosion, causing leakage around the spout. When you hire a professional plumber for routine maintenance checks, make sure you ask him to clean the valve seats across all faucets in your home.
A stem screw is the component that holds the faucet handle in place. The stem screw includes a small disc attached to it which is commonly called the O-ring. Most leaks start off here. It is natural for the O-ring to wear out overtime or loosen due to repeated faucet use. The easiest way to stop this from happening is to replace the O-ring.
Every time you use a faucet, the washer is forced against the valve seat and faces a lot of friction. This repetitive motion can often warp old washers and they are no longer able to maintain the integrity of the seal. Consequently, they can lead to faucet leaks. In addition to this, faucets that might not be installed appropriately or may not be the right size can lead to the same type of problems.
WORN OUT SEALS
Seals are pivotal parts of faucets. When used constantly, mineral deposits can cause the seals to wear out leading to warping and leakages. A plumber can clean out all deposits on seals and replace them for better functioning faucets.
Why have leaking faucets repaired? Because on an average, faucet leaks waste as much as 10,000 gallons of water every year across homes. The amount of water is enough to fill a large swimming pool!
As a leading emergency plumbing company in Maryland, we can address and fix all sorts of faucet leaks in your home. Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment today.