Don’t Let Money Run Down the Drain
When it comes to residential leaks, faulty faucets are often to blame. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that the average American family wastes approximately 180 gallons of water each year on water leaks. Over time, these seemingly insignificant trickles can accumulate into increased water bills and, depending on their location, have the potential to cause damage to your home. Fortunately, if you have a leaky faucet, repair and replacement is not all that difficult as leaks are often caused by corroded washers, worn out O-rings, or damaged seals. If you are experiencing these or other issues, reach out to the plumbing professionals at My Plumbers LLC. All our plumbers are licensed, and we have decades of experience installing and repairing faucets. Don’t let money trickle down the drain. Instead, dial 828-708-7107 to get started.
Common Problems Plaguing Faucets
Leaky faucets are often caused by some of the following things.
- Damaged cartridges. If your faucet has two handles — one for hot and one for cold — you have a cartridge-style faucet. Cartridges are valves on each handle that control the flow of water into faucet spouts. A dripping faucet is often caused by a damaged cartridge.
- Malfunctioning O-ring. An O-ring is a small disc attached to the stem screw that holds the faucet in place. When O-rings wear out, they don’t function as well and can cause leaks.
- Damaged valve seat. The valve seat connects the faucet to the spout, and if sediment builds up and corrodes the seat, leaks can occur.
- Low water pressure. Aerators are located on the tip of faucets and allow water to flow out. Clogged aerators and clogged cartridges can lower the pressure of water coming out the faucet. Clogs are often caused by minerals in hard water.
- Worn out washer. A worn-out washer is one of the most common causes of a dripping faucet. Each time you turn on the water, the washer is forced against the valve seat. This constant friction can cause it to wear out and drip as a result.
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A small leak can waste about three gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can send upwards of 30 gallons of water down the drain. There are many reasons why a faucet may leak, and many repairs are simple enough that an eager DIYer can complete. However, for more serious situations, calling a professional may be required. No matter the reason for your leak, there’s no need to waste resources. Call the experts at My Plumbers LLC, and we can help. Dial 828-708-7107 and let us help.