Dripping faucets may seem like a small thing. But even if that were the case (spoiler alert: it’s not), small things add up to big problems.
It’s obviously important to find out what causes a faucet to drip. But it’s just as important to understand why diagnosing the problem is only half the battle. Some of what may go on behind the dripping-faucet scenes can cause big damage and big repair bills.
So yes, let’s figure out what’s causing that drippy faucet — but let’s also check behind that wall for damage.
Meticulous Plumbing Services
As we’ve said before (and we’re pretty sure we’ll say it again), a dripping faucet wastes water and money. A professional plumber can help keep you save that money, lowering your water bill. It always helps to have an expert’s eye on your water supply!
When you contact Meticulous Plumbing, we can help diagnose not just dripping faucets, but all sorts of plumbing-related issues. We can prevent problems before they arise, saving you time, money, and most of all material — like that beautiful hardwood floor in the living room.
Meticulous is locally owned and operated. We’re staffed by a large crew of Portland plumbing experts. Give us a call today, and we’ll figure out why that faucet just won’t stop dripping.
In the meantime, check out our checklist below for some common reasons why a faucet might drip. You may be unfamiliar with some common causes of a dripping faucet.
If you’re uncertain about different types of faucets (cartridge faucets, compression faucets, ceramic disk faucets); with their constituent parts (valve seat, faucet handle, seat washer, packing nuts); shutting off the water; removing the handle; or any of the things you may face when diagnosing a leak, please call a professional.
Reasons For A Dripping Faucet
Wear and Tear
The humble faucet and its fixtures are made out of lots of little moving parts. The most typical culprit when a faucet starts to leak is a worn-out washer or cartridge (in the case of a cartridge faucet). Seals, o-rings, and packing nuts can also wear out over time. Valve seals, especially, are prone to corrosion. An experienced plumber can fix the problem lickety-split if it’s caused by a worn and torn piece.
The water pressure is too high.
If you notice that a leaky faucet drips only at certain times of the day or night or only when performing certain water-related chores (showering, laundry, etc.), then you may have a pressure problem. High water pressure can cause water to back up and force its way out of convenient exit points, such as faucets.
Water Sediment and Corrosion
If sediment has built up in your pipes, this can also lead to a dripping faucet. Faucets are the end of the line. When you turn the water on, sediment that’s built up in the pipes can corrode faucet connections, such as the valve seat, leading to leaks and drips.