Common Causes of Leaky Faucets
Leaky faucets are among the most common plumbing problems that homeowners encounter. They do not appear to be bothersome at first but when they gradually increase in drip intensity and your water bill is affected, then you know it has become something of an annoyance. A leaky faucet can also lead to unsightly water stains and can cause accidents when the drips accumulate and cause small floods in the bathroom floor. You really must do something about them but before you do it, you must know what causes them.
Leaky faucets can be caused by damaged parts in the structure itself. A steady drip might mean you simply have to replace a washer because the seal is no longer as tight as before. Or you might also have to look at the moving parts to replace the O-rings. You can also check the inlet rings because they might be the cause of the problem.
Worn out Cartridges
Cartridge faucets can leak because their cartridges need to be replaced. If you are going to replace it, make sure that the cartridge you’re using is the exact same size as the old one. A smaller cartridge would only cause more problems. Measure the cartridge properly and head on out to your hardware store to get the replacement part.
Fluctuating Water Pressure
Water pressure affects your faucets and at times leads to it backing up and leaking in other places. You must reduce the water pressure because if left unchecked, it might lead to more permanent damage.
Broken Pipes and Fixtures
Broken pipes and fixtures may also be culprits in leaky faucets. Once these crack, it may cause a problem with the water pressure which will cause drips. Water accumulation would also be a problem and it would need to be looked into fast.
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