Few things are as annoying as a constantly dripping faucet. It’s funny how that drip-drip-drip sound seems to get magnified while we’re sleeping—or trying to sleep—at night. If this is driving you crazy, you won’t be the first one. A dripping faucet is something that tends to persist despite all your efforts to put a stop to it. For this reason, some home owners eventually give up and learn to ignore this problem.
However, a dripping faucet is not something you can ignore forever. Despite its seemingly innocuous nature, a dripping faucet can actually cause some measure of damage. They can cause unsightly water stains, for one. Leave it dripping long enough, and it can also cause some flooding. Then there’s that minor detail of your utility bill skyrocketing, because no matter how slow the dripping seems to be, it still wastes a lot of water in the long run. You have to fix a dripping faucet immediately, but you have to determine what is causing it before taking any action. Here are some of the possible reasons your faucet is dripping.
Problems with the faucet itself
This is one of the most likely and common reasons your faucet is dripping. A washer may need replacing, for one. If your faucet is a compression faucet, then its seals that stop water from flowing are consistently under a lot of pressure, and that makes them prone to damage. If the problem faucet is a cartridge faucet, we recommend having the outlet seals, inlet damage, O rings and its other moving parts checked.
High water pressure
Your faucet may also be dripping because of water pressure that’s set too high. This is probably the case when the dripping comes and goes at different times all through the day. High water pressure could cause water to stop flowing from a given part of the plumbing, and then leak out at another point. Typically, the water flows straight through other faucets in the house or your toilet’s overflow tank.
When this is the case, your water pressure will certainly need some adjusting, and you are probably going to need the help of a reliable plumber to do it properly.
There is also the possibility that your dripping faucet may be caused by a broken pipe or fitting. Over time, these pipes or fittings will develop cracks. Water will eventually leak through these cracks. Most of the time, they leak onto the area underneath your sink. The faucet that is connected to the cracked pipe, however, may also leak every now and then if the crack is further worsened by water pressure issues. You may want to get a professional plumber to take a look at your pipes to address this problem.
Should you decide to call in a professional plumber, the best thing you can do is to call us at Beez Neez Plumbing. With just one call, our team of highly skilled and experienced plumbers will be at your home in no time to finally get that dripping faucet fixed.