Why Faucets Leak

A leaky faucet can lead to all sorts of issues with your water bill.  It can also mimic the proverbial fingernails on a chalkboard as you listen to the steady drip, drip, drip.

But don’t you ever wonder what’s causing that faucet or shower nozzle to drip?  Here are the four leading causes.

W worn-out valve seat

The valve seat is what connects the faucet to the pipe. Valves corrode from sediment in your water supply, city or well. As corrosion takes its toll, a leak is the inevitable result. You can replace a worn-out valve seat with seat wrench, which enables you to reach down into the faucet to remove the failed part.

Problems with the washers

Washers are mad or metal or rubber and designed to seal gaps between the faucet and water pipe. The more a washer rubs up against the parts it connects, the more prone it becomes to corrosion. Leaks also can occur if the washer wasn’t installed correctly or someone tried to install the wrong size.

A broken O-ring

Rubber O-rings fit around pipes to work with washers in sealing gaps to prevent water from seeping through.

Loose Parts

Different sink parts also can loosen over time. Pipe connections are one example, where big water leaks can occur.  That’s why you’ll want to keep a watchful eye on under-sink pipes, especially if they’re contained within a vanity or cabinet.

Do you have a water leak that needs to be repaired? If so, contact Connor Plumbing today for fast response and results you can depend on.  Connor Plumbing: serving Beaumont and neighboring communities since 1908.

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