The Anatomy of a Leaky Faucet: Understanding the Culprits

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Few things are as frustrating as a leaky faucet. That constant drip, drip, drip not only grates your nerves, but also wastes water. Let’s look at a leaky faucet’s anatomy to spot the culprit.

The Anatomy of a Leaky Faucet: Understanding the Culprits

  • Worn-Out Washers. Rubber or silicone washers inside your faucet create a watertight seal when the faucet is turned off. When the washers deteriorate or become damaged, it can cause leaks around the base of the faucet.
  • Faulty Cartridges. Some faucets, particularly single-handle ones, use cartridges instead of traditional washers. If the cartridge becomes cracked or worn, it can result in leaks or difficulty controlling water flow.
  • Corroded Valve Seats. The valve seat, where the faucet and spout connect, leaks when minerals from hard water build up. Regular cleaning can prevent this issue.
  • Loose O-rings. O-rings are small rubber rings used in faucets to create a seal. If these O-rings become loose or damaged, they can lead to leaks around the handle or spout.
  • High Water Pressure. Excessive water pressure stresses various faucet components, causing leaks to develop. Installing a pressure regulator can help mitigate this problem.
  • Improper Installation. A leaky faucet can sometimes be traced back to incorrect installation. If the faucet isn’t installed properly or the components aren’t aligned correctly, it can result in leaks.
  • Aging Faucet Parts. How old is your faucet? Parts can wear out or become corroded, which causes leaks. In this case, replacing the faucet is the best solution.

Understanding these common culprits behind a leaky faucet is the first step toward addressing the issue effectively. At Monster Plumbing, we can inspect and replace these parts if needed. Call us today to learn more.