Most homes have a nearly a handful of faucets in them. And nothing is more annoying than the drip.. drip.. drip of a leaky faucet. It is not only annoying, but it can lead to more significant problems. If the leak worsens and you don’t realize it, you could end up with flooding. It can also increase your water bill. In fact, it is estimated by the EPA that 10,000 gallons of water are wasted each year just in leaks. That is enough to fill a swimming pool! Dripping faucets are the main contributor to these leaks. If you fix your leaky tap, you could find yourself saving 10% on your water bill. At HD Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, we provide leaky faucet repair service in Ormond Beach, FL.
What are the Typical Causes of a Leaky Faucet?
There can be several issues behind a leaky faucet, and some are much more common than others. Here are four reasons your faucet could be leaking:
- O Ring – The handle on the faucet is held in place by a stem screw. There is a little disc, an O ring, that is attached to it. The o ring can become worn over time or come loose. This is when you see dripping around the base of the faucet.
- Worn Out Washer – Friction from constant use of the faucet can cause the washer to wear out. This causes dripping around the spout. If you have a compression faucet, this is a common problem.
- Corroded Valve Seat – Water sediment build-up can cause corrosion around the valve seat. This causes leaking around the spout.