3 Common Causes of Leaking Faucets
If you’re a homeowner, you know there’s nothing quite as annoying as the “drip … drip … drip” of leaking faucets in bathrooms or kitchens. But are you aware that most dripping faucet issues are actually very easy to fix yourself? Depending on which type of faucet you have (there are four: cartridge, ball, ceramic disk, and compression,) here are three different things to check as soon as your fixture starts to leak.
1. The cartridge
Leaking faucets have a cartridge with one or two handles. This trait makes them pretty distinguishable by how they operate. Turning the handles or handle is a bit easier and smoother than that of a ball faucet or compression faucet. When a cartridge faucet has a leak, it’s usually necessary to replace the entire cartridge valve inside of them. New cartridges typically cost between $10-$15, depending on where you live and what store you purchase them from. They’re usually easy to install.
2. The washer
If leaking faucets have two handles, one for the hot water and one for cold, then you have a compression valve. Compression faucets are the only ones that use washers. Typically washers are one of the most common causes of leaks in compression faucets. They become damaged from corrosion or aren’t installed properly and cause leaks. If you’ve got a leak in a compression faucet, take apart each handle and replace the washers to see if this fixes the problem.
3. The o-ring
In many faucets, including compression and cartridge models, O-rings are installed in the handles to create a waterproof seal. When the O-ring gets lose or becomes damaged the seal can break which causes a leak in the handle. If you have leaking faucets handle try replacing the O-ring first to rule it out as the issue. A good majority of the tie simply replacing the O-ring fixes the issue. However, be sure you get the right side because an O-ring that’s too big or too small will be just as non-functional as the current one you have.
Remember, if you can’t fix the problem or don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, call Hardenburgh Plumbing at 561-968-0000. We’re the West Palm Beach plumber that’s here for you, day or night. We will get your leaking faucets fixed right away and stop that annoying drip. 🙂