A dripping faucet in your kitchen (or anywhere else in your home) is more than just an annoyance. A dripping faucet can corrode your sink, corrode drain basins, wear away your pipes and waste hundreds of gallons of water and dollars per year. According to the US EPA, on average, leaks can cause almost 10,000 gallons of wastage in a home every year – enough to fill a swimming pool!
Faucets are one of the most used appliances in your home and they will wear out – even with the best maintenance. Faucets may leak because of corrosion, mineral deposits or because they are made up of fragile components like washers, gaskets and O-rings.
There are many types of faucets on the market. Each design will have slightly different part and each style has wearables that may cause a drip or leak. If you have drips near the handle, it may be from a worn O-ring. If you find leakage around the spout area, it could be a corroded valve seat. Leaks around the spout can also be cause by a worn-out rubber washer. If you attempt to replace a washer on your own, ensure it is seated properly or your leak will quickly return. Leaks may also be caused by worn out inlet and outlet seals. Sediment can accumulate inside the assembly and the result is the annoying drip. If you attempt to replace parts on your own, and you have hard water, be sure to clean it with hard water cleaner to remove any build up.
If you find that dripping only occurs at certain times of the day, consider issues with your water pressure. Water pressure may prevent water from flowing away from a certain point and it may back up and leak out at another place. This is often an available faucet or even the toilet overflow tank.
If you are tired of the drips, the experts at NRH Plumbing can look at your faucet to see if it is a simple fix or if you should consider a full replacement. Call us today 612-900-7728 and schedule an appointment!