A leaking faucet not only runs up a water bill and wastes water, but overtime the leak can progressively get worse and lead to water damages that need to be repaired. If you have a leaking faucet, then you’re in the right place, because the team here at Water Damage Squad has gathered information on the top 3 leaky faucet issues, and how you can repair them.
Leaking Faucet Problems and Solutions
- Inspect the Washers
- If you have a sink that has two separate handles to control hot and cold water, then your faucet has a compression valve that uses washers to seal off the valve. Over time those washers can erode, crack, or fall out of alignment, leading to a leaking faucet. If you have a leaky faucet with a compression valve then try replacing the washers to see if that does the trick.
- Check the O-Ring
- The O-Ring can be found in the handles of both compression and cartridge sinks. They are used to seal off water from the handles, so if you notice a leak around the handles of your sink, then you may be dealing with a damaged O-Ring. Replacing an O-Ring is extremely simple and can easily be tackled by the weekend warrior within you.
- Maybe it’s the Cartridge?
- Cartridge faucets can have one or two handles, and you can usually feel the difference between a compression and cartridge faucet due to how easily the handle of the sink moves. If you notice a leak in your cartridge faucet it can easily be fixed by simply removing the old cartridge valve and installing a new one. Cartridge valves are inexpensive (around $10-$15) and you can find them at any local hardware store like Home Depot or Lowe’s.