August 14, 2015
Your faucets act as a dam for water entering your home, the water is under pressure, therefore a watertight seal is necessary to hold back the incoming water until you are ready to use it. A dripping faucet is generally a sign that this seal or another component is worn and needs to be replaced.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science School, leaky faucets drip once per minute, that’s an average of 1,440 drips per day, 34 gallons of water per year. Those gallons down the drain translate to money down the drain, fixing the leak can save up to 10% on your water bill.
Culprits of a leak may include:
- an O ring becoming loose or worn due to over usage
- water sediment build up/corrosion on the valve seat
- worn washers or seals from repeat friction with valve seats
- an improper installation of the washer
- loose parts caused by continuous usage
When a drip is noticed, whether you DIY or call Eastern Plumbing for a professional plumber, it’s important to address the repair immediately.