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dripping faucet

A dripping faucet is a waste of water and a nuisance. Here are a few issues that cause a dripping faucet. At Superior Plumbing & Drain, we are faucet experts and we’re here to help.

A Damaged Cartridge

With a two-handle faucet, one is for hot water and the other for cold, which means you have a cartridge-style faucet. The cartridge is a valve on each handle that controls the flow of the water into the faucet spout. When the faucet is dripping water, this is a sign of damage to the cartridge.

Broken Washers

A common cause of a leaking faucet is broken washers. Washers rest against the valve seat, and overtime, friction can cause the washers to wear out. This then leads to leaking. If a washer is the wrong size or not installed properly, it can also lead to leaking.

Water Pressure

If you notice that the faucet in your bathroom only drips water during certain times or when your faucet’s handles move a certain way, then it could be your home’s water pressure that is causing the leaks.

Malfunctioning O-Ring

An O-ring is located in the sink’s faucet. It is a small disc that is attached to the stem screw to hold the handle of the faucet in place. Similar to washers, O-rings can get worn out or loose. If one of your faucet’s handles is leaking, this is probably the cause.

Deteriorated Valve Seat

If your faucet is leaking from the spout, then it could be the valve seat. The valve seat connects the faucet to the spout. Sediment can build up and corrode the seat, causing a leak.

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