We’ve all had that moment. When you’re at home, minding your own business… when all of a sudden you realize it. There’s a small drip….. Drip….. Drip….. Coming from your faucet. How long has that been going on? How long have I not noticed that. Why is that everything I hear now? Why is my faucet dripping? You turn the knobs and it makes no difference. Your faucet is dead set and sending tiny droplets of moisture out of its mouth.
Now you can try and ignore the problem. It’s a time tested tactic that usually leads to you regretting that very decision. But here are the facts – you never want to ignore leaking water. Not only is it very annoying but it also can add significantly to your water bill and can lead to much larger plumbing problems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says “The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.” (https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/fixleak.html)
With these facts in mind let’s look at what could cause a leaky faucets. There are a variety of factors that can lead to your faucets spitting out water like lukewarm coffee. There could be a problem with the O ring. The O ring is a small disc that is attached to a stem screw which is what holds your faucet in place. The O ring can become loose and wear out from common usage leading to a leak near the handle of the faucet. The leak could also be coming from worn out seals. With normal usage sediment can accumulate inside the faucet causing the inlet and outlet seals to wear out.
But these are just a couple of reasons why your faucet is leaking. More often than not, this knowledge does nothing to fix your problem. If you have a leaky faucet that needs repair, call us at NIR plumbing. We are here to make sure that your plumbing is all in working order.
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