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Causes of a Leaky Faucet

When you hear the word leaky faucet, what do you think of? Chances are those annoying dripping sounds. What you’re probably not thinking about is how much money is going down the drain the longer you let those noises continue.

But before you stop the drip, you need to know exactly what’s causing it. See below for some common causes of a leaky faucet you should look out for:

Broken Parts – Chances are this is the biggest reason your faucet is dripping. A washer inside the tap may need to be replaced and the seals inside compression faucets are likely to become damaged as they are under pressure to keep water from flowing.

Damaged Cartridge – The cartridge can wear after prolonged use. Good thing is this can easily be replaced as long as you have a matching cartridge that can fit the gap left by the original. Measure carefully both before and after removal.

Water Pressure – If your leak occurs at certain times of the day or during certain behaviors, your water pressure may be too high. This dropping isn’t serious but you may wish to reduce the force of your water pressure slightly to prevent future problems.

Busted Plumbing – A crack can develop in a pipe, which causes a leak to happen below the sink area. You will need to make an appointment to get your water pipes examined immediately.

The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. In honor of National Fix a Leak week, we encourage everyone to check for leaks in their home to save water and money. Give us a call at 719-544-4922 to take advantage of our promotion for a FREE comprehensive plumbing inspection and leak search for homeowners.

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