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Common Causes of Leaky Faucets and How To Fix Them

Stainless steel sink faucet that is leaking water

Leaky faucets are not just annoying; they can also waste a significant amount of water and lead to higher utility bills. Fortunately, many common causes of leaky faucets are relatively easy to diagnose and fix, often requiring just a few simple tools and a bit of know-how. In this blog, our expert plumbers at Meetze Plumbing will cover some of the most common reasons why faucets leak and provide step-by-step instructions on how to remedy the issue.

Causes of Leaky Faucets

Sink faucets may not look that complex, but they are actually made up of many different parts. These various parts can start to fail, become loose, or wear out, all of which can cause your faucet to leak. Some of the most common causes for a leaking faucet include:

  • Worn-out O-rings: O-rings are small rubber rings that create a watertight seal between the faucet handle and the spout. Over time, these O-rings can become worn or damaged, leading to leaks around the handle.
  • Corroded valve seats: The valve seat is the connection between the faucet and the spout. When the valve seat becomes corroded, water can seep through, causing leaks.
  • Loose or worn-out washers: Washers are another component that helps create a seal within the faucet. If these washers become loose or worn out, they may not be able to prevent water from leaking out.
  • Faulty cartridge or ceramic disc: In newer faucets, a cartridge or ceramic disc is used to control the flow of water. If this component becomes damaged or worn, it can result in leaks.
  • High water pressure: Excessively high water pressure can strain various components of the faucet, leading to leaks over time.

How To Fix a Leaky Faucet

While we often recommend calling our team for any plumbing work that needs to be done, troubleshooting and repairing a leaking faucet can be a straightforward DIY project. If you find yourself dealing with a leaky faucet, follow these steps to fix it:

  1. Turn off the water supply: Before beginning any repairs, be sure to turn off the water supply to the faucet. This can usually be done by locating the shut-off valve under the sink.
  2. Disassemble the faucet: Use a screwdriver or an Allen wrench to remove the handle of the faucet, exposing the internal components.
  3. Replace worn-out parts: Inspect the O-rings, washers, valve seats, cartridge, or ceramic disc for signs of wear or damage. Replace any components that appear to be faulty.
  4. Clean the components: Use a cloth or brush to clean any corroded or dirty parts of the faucet, such as the valve seat.
  5. Reassemble the faucet: Once all necessary repairs have been made, reassemble the faucet in the reverse order of disassembly.
  6. Turn on the water supply: Finally, turn the water supply back on and test the faucet to ensure that the leak has been fixed.

If you are not comfortable performing any of the steps on this list, it’s best to reach out to a professional plumber, like the ones at Meetze Plumbing. We can ensure the work is done correctly so that you don’t risk damaging any part of the faucet. Also, if you have tried these steps and the faucet is still leaking, it’s time to let our team take a look.

Call Meetze Plumbing for Plumbing Repairs

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By understanding the common causes of leaky faucets and following these simple steps, you can often save yourself the hassle and expense of calling a plumber. If you do need to call a plumber, though, reach out to Meetze Plumbing! We proudly serve Columbia and the Midlands of South Carolina, as well as the Augusta, GA, area. Whether you’re dealing with a leaky faucet or a different plumbing issue, our professional plumbers be there promptly with quick and effective solutions.

Call Meetze Plumbing at (803) 732-3747 today to schedule plumbing repairs in the Columbia area or in the Augusta area.

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