by Lambert Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver on June 20, 2014

What causes my faucets to drip?

 

Faucet RepairMany people face the same on-going issue, faucets dripping. It could be simply one faucet dripping or it could be all of them in a home. This can get costly. You can find that your water bill has risen a great deal just from having one faucet dripping in your home.

It is always a good idea to seek professional help in regards to your plumbing even for the small things. Because, the small issues can cause larger issues in your home.

One of the first problems that many people will check for is faulty equipment. There could be what is known as an o-ring that has gone bad. This o-ring can and usually does wear out. Depending on the make and model of the faucet, it can be a challenge to find the parts and do-it-yourself. The o-ring is a gasket that nestles under the faucet control. It seals the area and keeps the water flowing through the faucet when you turn the valve on and off. Think about how many times a day you use the valve to run the water in your sink.

Another cause of some dripping issues is actually corrosion. The corrosion can be caused by hard water. Many areas deal with this problem regularly. The corrosion can actually cause more problems through out your home, not just causing dripping faucets, so be aware. Have a professional come and examine your dripping issues to be on the safe side.

Mineral deposits are one of the biggest causes of dripping faucets. The mineral deposits build up over time. Some people aren’t even aware of the build up. One of the first places that you may notice a build up of mineral deposits is on the screen of the faucet. This screen helps the water to flow gently and give it a bubbling affect when it streams out. If you have noticed a change in the water flow, quite possibly a mineral deposit build up has begun. You can simply remove the nozzle to clean off the deposits to see if this helps. If there is to much, then the piece may need to be replaced. But, remember this mineral deposit build up could also be deeper in your faucets. It is a good idea to have a plumber to check it out and see if there is more to the problem than what meets the eye.

Is your Vancouver home in need of a faucet repair? Call Lambert Plumbing & Heating today at (604) 734-0890 for immediate solutions!

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