A leaking faucet isn't just a nuisance, it can also be troublesome to your wallet. A single dripping faucet can account for more than 3,000 gallons of wasted water each year. Unfortunately, the water department doesn't distinguish between water you actually use and water that is lost due to a leak. If you want to save your money, get to the bottom of the leak quickly.
Though often overlooked, the O-ring plays a very important role as it helps keep the faucet handle connected. If the water leak is occurring around the faucet handle, a failed O-ring could be the culprit. In some instances, it could be that the O-ring is worn, but more often than not, one of the screws that holds the ring in place is loose.
Once this happens, a small gap is created that allows water to pass through and leak from the handle. You can simply remove the handle and tighten the screws to correct the problem.
A worn seal can also be a reason for leakage. In addition to routine use, seals can start to wear out from sediment buildup. This is an especially common problem if you live in a home that has hard water.
As the minerals in the water collect around the seal, this can cause it to expand and eventually fail. Once it has failed, you must replace it. However, if you have a plumber come out and clean the excessive sediment from the outlet and inlet seals you can avoid this problem.
One of the more common reasons for a dripping sink is that the washer is punctured. When you turn on the water, the water gets forced into the valve seat. This, in turn, creates a high level of friction; friction can cause damage to the surface of the washer, leading to a puncture.
Once the washer has a hole in it, water will constantly drip from the faucet, even when not on. To resolve this issue, you can simply replace the washer. Just make sure you do so quickly as the more you use the faucet, the larger the hole will get, resulting in a larger leak.
If your faucet is dripping and you can't seem to get to the bottom of the problem, make sure you're calling on a plumber. The leak will only get worse as time passes. A plumber can quickly identify the problem and repair it for you.