Why does my faucet drip? The causes and solutions

A dripping faucet can be more than just an annoyance. It can lead to wastage of water, increased bills, and even damage to your plumbing system over time. Fortunately, most causes of a dripping faucet can be easily addressed.

Common causes of a dripping faucet

Worn out washer
One of the most common causes of a dripping faucet is a worn-out washer. Every time you use your faucet, the washer is forced against the valve seat, and this constant friction can cause it to wear out.

Improper washer installation
If the washer is not correctly installed or is not the right size, it can cause the faucet to drip.

Corroded valve seat
A corroded valve seat can also cause a faucet to drip. The valve seat connects the faucet and the spout; mineral deposits can form here, leading to corrosion.

O-Ring issues
The O-ring can become loose or wear out over time, leading to a dripping faucet. This is often the cause if the leak is around the handle of the faucet.

Solutions to a dripping faucet

Replace the washer
If a worn-out washer is the culprit, replacing it will likely solve the problem. Ensure the new washer is of the right size and is properly installed.

Clean the valve seat
Regular cleaning of the valve seat can prevent mineral buildup and corrosion, thus preventing leaks.

Replace the O-ring
If the O-ring is causing the leak, replacing it is a simple and effective solution.

When to call a professional

While some of these fixes can be DIY, others might require a professional touch. Particularly if the faucet continues to drip after you’ve tried these solutions, it might be a sign of a bigger underlying issue.

At Flow Plumbing and Heating Services, our professional team is on hand to handle any plumbing problem, large or small. We can assess your faucet, identify the issue, and implement a solution swiftly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.

Remember, ignoring a dripping faucet can lead to larger issues down the line, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us at the first sign of trouble. We’re committed to providing top-quality, friendly service to all residents of North East Lincolnshire.