Plumber Recommended Methods For Fixing A Leaky Faucet
Having a leaky faucet in your Arlington home is frustrating and oftentimes annoying, especially when you’re trying to sleep at night and the constant drip of a leaky faucet is disturbing your slumber. Not only that, a leaky faucet can cause expensive water bills due to wasted water. So how do you fix a leaky faucet? Below are several reasons why your faucet is leaking and what to do about them.
Many times the valve seat, the connection between to faucet and spout, becomes corroded and just doesn’t work properly anymore. The sediments in the water will eventually eat away at the seal and water will begin to leak. Having the valve seat cleaned regularly by a professional will help keep the seal from leaking.
Occasionally a pipe will break due to corrosion, or a pipe will crack during cold temperatures. A broken or cracked pipe will cause the water pressure to act irregularly, and causes the faucet to leak or drip. This is a problem that will need a professional to find the pipe, fix crack, and help prevent future breaks.
It is imperative to have the inlet and outlet seals to work properly on your faucet. As with the valve seat, sediments will need to flushed out by a professional plumber to keep the faucet working properly. Also, have the plumber replace the broken seals with duplicates to maintain consistent functionality.
The handle on the faucet is held in place by a stem, and the stem has a piece attached to it called the O-ring. When the O-ring wears out or becomes loose after regular use, the faucet may start to leak at the handle. An Arlington plumber can help replace the o ring when it becomes broken or loose.
It is also worth mentioning that there are several types of faucets, generally homes will have cartridge, compression, ceramic disk, or ball faucets, and knowing what kind of faucet you have will make the repair process easier.
For more information regarding plumbing repair in Arlington, VA, please contact The Plumbing Dr. at (703) 525-9280.