Causes of Leaky Faucets
Leaky or dripping faucets can be caused by various reasons. Here are some of the most common causes of a leaky faucet.
Problems in the O ring
Worn-out O rings can cause the faucet to drip near your handle. To fix this problem, the O-ring should be replaced. This issue only occurs with cartridge-style fixtures like those found in most homes today.
Corroded Valve Seat
One of the most important components of your faucet is a valve seat. It allows water to flow between the hot and cold water pipes. Corrosion can develop from the accumulation of water sediments, so making sure that the valves are cleaned regularly will prevent future leakage.
Worn out Washer
One of the most common causes behind a dripping faucet is a worn-out washer. This happens during each use, as it’s forced against the valve seat and consequently wears down over time which leads to leaks around spouts or handles depending on what type you have installed in your sink.
Improper Installation of Washer
You may be surprised to learn that a leaky faucet is not always due to the washer. In some cases, it can simply mean there’s something wrong with the installation or improper washer sizing.