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Why Does My Faucet Keep Leaking?

Fact: nothing is more obnoxious than a leaky faucet in your home. Whether it be in the kitchen, bathroom, or both, it’s never pleasant to hear the soundtrack of water loosely plummeting from your faucet. If you’re unsure as to why your faucet is leaking, well there are a few possibilities that can make this a reality:

Your Washer is Tired

When it comes to your faucet, one of the most important parts of the overall design is the washer within. Sometimes when a faucet reaches a certain age, the washer starts to become worn out — which suddenly leads to a leaky faucet. When your sink is in use, think of your washer as a shield, where it is put to the test of rigorous resistance and ultimately worn down to nothing. This is one of the most common reasons why your faucet will keep dripping. Another result of a washer-related leaky faucet is that the washer might be installed incorrectly. Just like an incorrectly placed air filter, when a washer is installed incorrectly, it will definitely cause a leak within your faucet.

Your Valve Seat is Diminishing

Another common reason that your faucet may leak is due to a corroded valve seat. Believe it or not, this important part in a faucet holds as the piece between the spout and faucet. Once the valve seat begins to corrode, then the stability of your faucet will begin to diminish and will ultimately lead to the leak. Without this essential part of your faucet could lead to more damage to your home, such as water damage if the problem isn’t addressed immediately. Just like the proper installation of a washer, it’s important to make sure your valve seat is installed correctly. Additionally, it’s important to know the status or “health” of your sink’s valve seat since that will ultimately eliminate a potential problem in the long run.

Your Faucet is Old

Finally, another common reason why your sink might be leaking is that your faucet might be old. Just like a hole in your favorite sweater, think of your faucet in the same exact light — especially if it’s older than ten years. Although this isn’t always an issue, it’s important to properly inspect your faucet and make sure that the fixture is up to par — and no noticeable signs of wear and tear. If you do notice some visible signs of damage or feel that your faucet fixture is rather old, then it might be wise to replace the entire fixture.

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