dripping faucet

Have you recently noticed the sound of your faucet dripping? Not only is the noise irritating, but it can also signify other issues with your plumbing system. Ignoring these signs could lead to expensive, time-consuming repairs. Once you notice your faucet dripping, it’s crucial to act right away! If you do, you might even be able to make the repair yourself.

Causes of Common Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water per year, per household and being aware of the most common causes of plumbing leaks can help a household save up to 10% on their water bills.

The most common plumbing leaks are caused by:

  • Dripping faucets
  • Toilet flappers
  • Leaking valves

Why is Your Faucet Leaking?

Some of the most common causes of leaky faucets include:

Loose Parts – With faucets being used very frequently, their parts will become loose over time, causing them to leak. Most of these loose parts can simply be tightened to stop the leak, but other times, the entire faucet needs to be replaced.

Worn Out Seals – Faucets have an inlet and outlet seals that keep it functioning properly and overtime these seals can be worn out from consistent use and sediment build-up. To help avoid these seals from wearing out and causing your faucet to leak, we recommend having the water sediments cleaned regularly. If you notice they are very worn out, replacing your seals will have your faucet functioning in no time!

Broken Plumbing – Broken pipes, fittings, or other problems with your plumbing system can cause your faucet to leak, although it is less common. These types of problems will cause a shift in your plumbing’s water pressure, causing leaks. This type of issue will need to be addressed by a professional plumber.

If you’re experiencing a leaking faucet and can’t find the cause, contact our team at A+ Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today at (603) 518-5777.