How to Fix a Leaking Faucet
After pressurized water is distributed to your property, a faucet turns the water off by making a watertight seal strong enough to neutralize that pressure. Water fixtures that drip usually have worn-out parts and need to be repaired or replaced. Always remember to turn off the water and relieve the water pressure before attempting to disassemble the plumbing fixture.
Although plumbing leaks can be costly if neglected, there are ways to prevent them by applying some simple prevention techniques. The most important part of avoiding huge plumbing-repair costs due to leaks is to take preventive measures and immediately address any leaks.
Some of the causes of a leaky faucet:
- Loose nuts.
- Worn-out washers.
- Poor-quality washers.
- Improperly installed washers.
- Wrong washer size.
- Disc, cartridge, and ball faucets with worn-out O-rings.
- Disc faucets with worn-out inlet and outlet seals.
- Disc faucets with sediment build-up in the faucet inlet.
- Cartridge faucets with a worn-out O-ring cushioning the cartridge stem.
- Worn-out inlet seals in ball faucet due to broken/worn-out O-rings.