Nothing is more annoying than the constant dripping of a leaky faucet. If you have got the right tools, a leaky faucet in the bathroom or kitchen is an easy DIY fix around the home. However, keep in mind that all faucets are not the same. Here are some basic, leaky faucet tips and insights for DIY that you should know before they start taking things apart and trying to put them back together with ease.
Washer-less Faucets: Washer-less faucets are the common type of faucets found in many homes, cartridge faucets, disk faucets, and ball faucets are all washer-less fixtures. Despite their names, these faucets do have washers, along with many other internal components which help them in proper functioning. Any of these components can fail during daily usage and can cause a leak, although washer-less faucets are among the most durable/reliable plumbing fixtures you can install in your house.
Compression Faucets: These faucets are usually found in older homes with older plumbing, the compression faucet is very much common. They usually have a knob for hot water and another for cold water. When these knobs are turned open, the faucet opens and water flows through it. These compression faucets cause leakage when the washers on the knobs become damaged or worn. To fix these leaky compression faucets you generally only need to get the washers for replacement and then replace the washers and the job is done.
Cartridge Faucets: They are usually single handle units with a cartridge assembly that allows water to flow. Cartridge faucets have a series of o-rings that can become warped or worn, causing leaks.
Disk Faucets: They come in single or double handle configurations. Both have a ceramic disk mechanism that opens and closes to allow water through. Disk faucets rarely fail, but the most common sources of leaks are worn seals, o-rings, and stems.
Ball Faucets: They have a single handle that rotates on a ball, letting you move the handle left or right for hot and cold water. When the adjusting ring becomes loose, ball faucets can develop leaks. Other common causes of leaks in these types of faucets include failed cam washers, worn springs or worn valve seats.
Even if you think you can handle a simple leak repair on your own, it’s still a good idea to call a plumber for a second opinion. Most plumbers will be happy to talk you through a basic repair job over the phone, offering helping advice and educating you about the proper tools and parts you’ll need. If the repair turns out to be more difficult than you bargained for, a plumber will gladly make an appointment to complete the repair for you.
Whether you choose to repair a leaky faucet yourself or feel more comfortable hiring a professional plumber, the sooner you deal with the problem the better. Even minor faucet leaks have a nasty habit of compounding into major plumbing problems…and that can quickly add up to thousands of dollars in more serious plumbing repairs. A leaky faucet that goes ignored too long can cause substantial water damage, erode pipes, and compromise the water pressure in your entire house. Furthermore, a faucet that drips just twice per second wastes about 100 gallons of water each month, which can jack up your water bill significantly.
Our plumbing professionals at Snake Master Services will do a quick diagnosis to find the cause of your faucet leakage or any other plumbing problem and fix the problem easily, reliably and inexpensively. Call Snake Master today!