How to Prevent Your Faucet from Leaking

A leaky faucet can do more than just drive you crazy. Leaking faucets can waste hundreds of gallons of water if left unresolved. This can leave you with unnecessarily high utility bills, as well as mold or mildew in your home.

The good news is that leaky faucets can be completely prevented! With the practical tips from this post, you’ll be ready to stop drips before they begin.

Inspect Your Faucets Regularly

Faucets are not incredibly complicated, but they do have moving parts that can wear out over time. Make it a habit to inspect these parts regularly. You want to look for signs of cracking, corrosion, or other damage. 

  • O-Rings – These rings provide a watertight seal between the faucet’s components. When they begin to wear, they become less watertight and can lead to drips and leaks. 
  • Washers – These tend to wear out from friction. As the metal wears away, it weakens and will eventually crack, causing a leak. 
  • Valves – Corrosion damages the metal of the valves and causes mineral buildup. This changes the shape of the valve and interrupts proper sealing. Clean these regularly.

Regular inspections keep you informed about the condition of your faucets and how they are wearing over time. Inspections are an inexpensive way to prevent major headaches down the road.

Keep All Components Tight

Faucet components become loose over time, which can cause a leak. While you’re inspecting your faucet, be sure to tighten these two components to keep it from leaking.

  • Mounting nuts and brackets – Anything that is holding your faucet in place. These prevent excess movement and keep your faucet properly aligned.
  • Screws in the handles or spout – This is really anything helping to hold your faucet together. These were designed to work in proper alignment and loose fasteners can cause many problems.

Be careful, though. Overtightening is one of the main causes of DIY plumbing disasters. So, be sure to keep these components tight, but avoid over-tightening.

Maintain Proper Water Pressure

High water pressure stresses faucet components and can cause them to wear out faster. Be sure to check the most common causes of water pressure issues, so you have an idea of where to inspect. 

If you think you have high water pressure, contact a trusted plumber in your area. They’ll have advice on how to monitor and correct water pressure problems.

Replace Cartridges On Schedule

All faucets have components that wear out over time, and knowing what type of faucet you have will help you plan ahead. Talk to your plumber about what type of faucet you have and what to watch out for. 

If your faucet has a cartridge, you will need to replace the cartridge at regular intervals. Staying on top of these maintenance routines is one of the best ways to prevent a plumbing disaster.

Work With The Pros

You now know several ways to keep your faucets in great shape and to prevent future leaks.

But if your faucet does spring a leak, then talk with a professional. Regular maintenance can prevent many headaches, but it can’t prevent all issues forever. 

An experienced professional plumber will always be ready to help you get your leaks under control. Give us a call today and we’ll get you fixed up right away!

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