Faucets get leaky all the time. The constant use of the on and off valves of faucets put them at more risk of leaking than any other part of your plumbing. Since water is erosive, problems arise over time with every faucet. Whether excessive dripping or leaks are the problem or unwanted noise from escaping water pressure, there are things that you can do to perform your own faucet repair. Roto Rooter is proud to help educate customers all over the world in the proper care of their plumbing. With our tips and ideas and your own efforts, your plumbing will always work great and you will prevent serious problems from arising.
The most common problem with faucets is dripping. Fortunately, this is the easiest problem to fix as well. However, many people leave their drippy faucets unrepaired for long periods of time. Not only will this damage the faucet enough that it cannot be fixed, but the wasted water from constant dripping can add up over time. One drippy faucet can waste $20 worth of water each month. If you have multiple faucets, you can see how quickly a few drips can be an expensive problem if not nipped in the bud.
Drips are caused when water starts to seep past the sealed parts of the off position. Water enters the home because of built up pressure. That pressure allows water to travel up and down throughout the house without any issues. Inside of the faucet, there is a washer next to the faucet seat. If the washer is positioned correctly, it will seal off any seepage and there won't be any leaks. Usually taking apart a faucet and repositioning the washer will do the trick. If the leak has been going on too long, you may need to replace the washer and seat altogether.
One thing to remember when replacing the washer in a faucet is that you cannot use alternate sizes or brands. When you go to the hardware store, take the original with you and even the entire faucet head if possible. Take your faucet head to a local Roto Rooter and we can help match you with the right solution for your faucet. Make sure that your washer fits perfectly and that it is designed for both hot and cold water.
If these tips were helpful or you are looking for more information, continue reading our website for more great tips and tricks for faucet repair.