Troubleshoot and Repair a Leaky Faucet


Oh, the leaky faucet... Is there anything more irritating than the sound of the bathroom tap dripping, dripping, and dripping away? Taylor’s Plumbing has years of experience bringing peace of mind (not to mention peace and quiet) back to homes across Waterdown and the surrounding area. Don’t let a leaky faucet work you into a lather, just get in touch with Taylor’s Plumbing!

A Leaking Faucet Costs You Money!

Letting your faucet drip away can be a costly mistake. Not only does it waste huge amounts of perfectly clean water, but it can also signal the existence of plumbing issues that require immediate attention. Left untouched, these plumbing issues can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. Did you know that a leaking tap can cause up to 10,000 gallons of wasted water in a North American home? Believe it or not, that is the equivalent of an entire swimming pool. Talk about wasteful!

Why is My Faucet Leaking?

Before you take a sledgehammer to your faucet, get to the root of the matter. Why is your faucet leaking in the first place? The most common reasons that a faucet will start leaking are corrosion, mineral deposits coating internal elements, and defective gaskets, o-rings, or washers. More often than not, a leaking faucet is a quick and simple fix.

Usually, a minor adjustment is all that's needed to fix a leaky faucet. O-rings are stem screws that hold the handle of the faucet steady. If it becomes loose or wears out as a result of regular use it can cause the tap near the handle to start dripping away. By far the most common culprit behind the dripping faucet is a worn out washer. Every time your tap is used, the washer is forced against the valve seat which connects the faucet and the spout. This constant contact causes the washer to simply wear out. If the leak is coming from the spout, the washer may be to blame. Furthermore, if the washer is installed improperly, or if it's the wrong size you will notice the same symptoms.

The valve seat is another potential site for faucet leaks. As mentioned above, the valve seat is the connection between the faucet and the spout. Water and sediment can collect here and cause the seat itself to gradually corrode. As it wears away, the spout begins to leak. A professional plumber can clean the valve seat to avoid this problem.

Assessing Your Leaky Faucet

In addition to worn out washers, corroded valve seats, and loose o-rings, there are other factors that can lead to a leaky faucet. For example worn out inlet and outlet seals in disc faucets, and broken plumbing. Before you start investigating the source of a leaking faucet, start by turning off the water source of the faucet. This is usually located underneath the sink. Turn it clockwise to shut it off. The first step to any faucet repair is determining just what kind of tap you are looking at. Ball faucets contain a ball bearing, cartridge faucets house - you guessed it - a cartridge, and ceramic disk faucets hold a ceramic cylinder. They all require different styles of repair. Do your research before you take apart the bathroom sink!

To schedule a consultation or ask more about leaky faucet repair, call Taylor’s Plumbing!