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Stopping Dripping Faucets in Their Tracks

Ever heard the saying “it’s so quiet, the drop of a pin could be heard in the room?” Well, the saying would still be true if it was “it’s so quiet, a dripping faucet could be heard all the way down the hall.” Many homeowners have experienced this exact situation. It’s the middle of the night, it’s quiet, but down the hall, the faucet is dripping in a working sink.

Once it’s dripped a few times, it starts to turn into a rhythm, like an annoying commercial tune that gets stuck in one’s mind. It’s time to put an end to that madness and cut off the nonsense of that dripping faucet with this helpful article!

Kitchen Sink Drips

One of the most common causes of a kitchen sink leak (or any faucet leak for that matter) is a problem with the O ring. The O ring is a small disc attached to the stem screw. It helps to hold the handle of a faucet in place. If this ring comes loose, a water leak will start at the base of the faucet.

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Another common reason for sink leaks is a worn-out washer. As a faucet is turned on, the washer rubs against the valve seat and becomes worn out over time, resulting in a leak near the spout. A corroded valve seat is also a common culprit.

As water sediments accumulate on different parts of the faucet, like the valve seat, corrosion can occur. This also leads to a leak near the spout of the faucet. Because most faucet leaks are due to wear and tear, the best way to prevent a leak is by replacing the faucet parts before they become too worn out. 

Bathroom Leaks of All Kinds

bathroom leaksThe bathroom is the room that uses the most water in the house, and therefore, it is susceptible to the most leaks. There are sink leaks, toilet leaks, and bathtub and shower leaks. Leaks in the bathroom sink faucet are the same as the kitchen faucet.

The O ring, worn-out washer, or corroded valve seat are the most common causes for a leak in a kitchen sink faucet and also the most common cause of a leak in the bathroom sink faucet. Wear and tear, rusted pipes, or a cracked tank or bowl are the most common causes for a leaky toilet.

Leaks in the bathtub or shower are a bit more complex. If it is the faucet or showerhead that is leaking, it can be treated pretty much the same way as a leaking sink faucet. But bathtub and shower leaks can also result from leaking drains.

When a crack exists at the bottom of the tub or shower drain, the drain is no longer properly connected to the other parts of the plumbing system. The water can seep past the drain and cause a leak. This is most commonly seen when water starts to leak around the tub or shower onto the bathroom floor.

This can cause some serious damage because it weakens the floor and can cause the floor (aka ceiling for the room below) to buckle. A leaky drain can be very tricky for homeowners to fix, so it’s best to call a plumbing professional to fix this problem.

Increased Water Bills from Leaks

A few drops of water dripping from the faucet during the day might not seem like it really amounts to that much, but it does. A faucet that drips one drop of water per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year!

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And guess what? All that wasted water results in high water bills for homeowners. By fixing the leak, homeowners can put some cash back in their pockets.

About Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air

At Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air, they know that their success is truly measured by how well they take care of every customer and their homes. This is why they take great pride in delivering not only the best plumbing services in Fairhope possible, but also the best in personal attention as well. They take the time to provide customers with detailed explanations and recommendations, so they can make the best decision for their home.