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What Causes A Faucet To Leak?

By: Webmaster
6 August 2014

The most annoying of sounds...

What Causes A Faucet To Leak?

The steady drip of a leaking faucet is something that rates right up there with the most annoying of sounds. It can keep you awake at night, raise your water bill and cause water stains. The most common cause we find for this nuisance is corroded O-rings, gaskets or valve seats. Together, these components are what hold back the water until the faucet is opened, so if one of them is corroded, you’ll get a leaky, dripping faucet.


If you find that your dripping faucet only occurs at certain times of the day, or during certain behaviors, then you should consider whether the water pressure is too high. Water pressure may prevent water from flowing away from a certain point, meaning that it backs up and then leaks out at another place, often an available faucet or to the toilet overflow tank. This dripping is not serious, but you may wish to reduce the force of your water pressure slightly, as this can be an increasing problem.

If you would like help to diagnose and repair your leaky faucet…call Pinky’s Plumbing.

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