Top 5 Common Causes of a Leaky Faucet

Leaky Faucet

Are you tired of hearing your leaking faucet drip throughout the night? A small leak or dripping could cost you hundreds of dollars over the course of time and your annual water costs could substantially be more for a larger leak. Let’s try to fix your leaky faucet now!

Here are the top 5 most common reasons why you might have a leaky faucet.

Bad O-Ring

A small and simple problem that occurs in the cartridge faucets is an old or loose O-ring. It’s usually a small disc that’s attached to the stem screw and holds the handle of your faucet in position. The best way to tell if this is the likely cause is if your sink handle is leaking.

Worn out Cartridge

Another cause for a leak in your faucet could be the faucet cartridge itself. It may need to be replaced. You will want to make sure you have a matching replacement cartridge to swap it with. Check with your faucet manufacturer to make sure that you have the correct replacement parts for your faucet. Our plumbers in Nashville can also provide you with the right replacement parts and repair services as well.

Corroded Valve Seat

If your leak seems to be dripping from the spout, it could be a problem with the valve seat. The valve seat connects the faucet and the spout. Overtime, buildup of water sediments can cause corrosion to the valve seat, which will typically end up causing an unwanted leak. The best way to avoid this is by cleaning the valve seat often. Give our experienced plumbers a call in Nashville, TN for quick tips on how to clean the valve seat.

Worn-Out Washers & Seals

Another fairly common cause of water leaking issues could be the washer that sits against the valve seat. Over a long period of time, the friction between the washer and the valve seat can cause the washer to wear out. Also, if the washer was installed incorrectly or if it’s the wrong size, you will often experience some water leaks as well. Similarly to the valve seats, the seals for the inlet and outlet can also become corroded by the buildup of water sediments. 

Water Pressure

If you find that the faucet only drips during certain times of the day or night, or when you move the faucet handles in a certain position, the water pressure could be the issue. If tightening or replacing the faucet handles does not fix this issue, it’s time to call our experienced plumbers to investigate the culprit.

If none of the five steps above helps at least identify the cause of your leaky faucet we recommend calling FiveStar Plumbing and AC to inspect and diagnose the problem. We are located in Nashville, TN and have a highly experienced team of professional plumbers standing by to help with any plumbing issues.

Visit our contact page here or call us at (615) 382-8131 to set up an appointment today!