A leaky faucet can be quite annoying, it not only drips constantly, which can be the only thing that you hear and drives you crazy, but it can add a lot of extra money to your water bill due to the unnecessary amount of water that it is wasting. That one tiny, little single drip of water can add up to hundreds of gallons of water being waste on a monthly basis. When it comes to fixing leaks pertaining to your faucet, they can actually be rather simple if you have some basic knowledge of tools, plumbing, and some patience. If you are able to do the repairs yourself you can save yourself a nice chunk of change. However, if you do not know what you are doing or you just ignore that leaking faucet, you can wind up spending thousands of dollars due to the damages that an ongoing leaky faucet can cause.
There are several reasons why a faucet can leak, but we narrowed it down to the most common reasons for a leaky faucet.
1. There is an O-ring inside the faucet, which holds the handle of the faucet in place. This O-ring can become loose or simply worn out from everyday use. If you have a bad O-ring you will see the water leaking from around the handle itself. This problem can be fixed by simply replacing the old O-ring with a new one.
2. Another more common reason our Gilbert plumber sees when it comes to a leaky faucet, is a bad washer. When you turn your faucet on, that washer is pushed against a valve seat, which causes friction, and over time this constant friction can cause that washer to wear out. You will know if you have a bad washer if you notice that the leak is occurring around the spout itself. This problem can be fixed by simply replacing the old washer with a new one.
3. This next problem is actually due to replacing the old washer. If you replace and install the new washer incorrectly or replace the old washer with a new washer that is not the right size, you can continue to have a leaky faucet. it is important that you buy the right size washer and if you are unsure on how to install it, seek help.