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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.

Is Your Shower Hot Enough?

Many people enjoy stepping into a hot, steamy shower, it’s the perfect time to de-stress and relax at the beginning or end of your hectic day. So it’s not hard to imagine the frustration that comes from standing in a shower that just isn’t hot enough. So what’s the problem?

More than likely, a faulty water heater causes the issue. Here are some common signs that you may need a new unit:

Temperature problems – if your water is too hot or doesn’t reach your ideal temperature, try adjusting the thermostat on the unit. Most households set the temp between 120 and 140 degrees. If there is no hot water coming from the tank or if temperatures are constantly fluctuating, give us a call right away so we can help.

Very low water pressure – Another sign of a water heater issue is having love water pressure. Hotter water temperatures should not equate to low water pressure.

Hearing popping sounds – Yes, water heaters make noises from time to time, but if you hear a constant popping sound, indicative of hard water, this can be detrimental to both your pipes and water heater.

A hasty installation by a local home project store – often times, these water heaters are inappropriately sized for your home.

If you’re experiencing any of the above give us a call today! Our plumbers are gas and electric water heater repair experts, able to fix all makes and models of hot water heaters. For over 25 years we’ve been helping families keep hot water flowing in their homes.

Schedule a water heater repair or replacement appointment at your convenience today 719-544-4922!