Common Causes of Leakey Faucets

We all know the importance of faucets in a house, and we also know how annoying and frustrating a leaking faucet can be, not counting the great expense of money that this would mean in our water bill. The typical causes for a leaky faucet include corrosion, mineral deposit on the internal parts, or defective gaskets, o-rings, or washers. Luckily, most faucets that leak can be fixed by homeowners if they have the right tools and some basic knowledge of plumbing. It is very important that we give priority to the maintenance of a leaking faucet before it is too late since simple maintenance or replacement could become something much more complicated and expensive.

The following are some of the reasons why your faucet could be leaking:


This is one of the most common causes behind a dripping faucet. During each use, the washer is forced against the valve seat, and this constant friction causes it to wear out. As a result, dripping is noticed around the spout. Dripping caused by worn-out rubber washers can be mended by replacing the washer. This type of leak is found in a compression faucet.


A stem screw is used to hold the handle of a faucet in place. This stem screw includes a small disc attached to it, known as the O ring. This is an integral place where dripping can occur. The O ring can become loose or wear out over regular use, causing the faucet to drip near the handle. Replacing the damaged O ring will fix it if this is the issue. This problem occurs specifically in cartridge faucets.


If the washer is not installed properly or is not the right size, it can cause a leaky faucet. In this case, the best you can do is hire a professional to install it the way it should be.


A valve seat serves as a connection between the faucet and the spout in the compression mechanism. Accumulation of water sediments can cause the valve seat to corrode, causing leakage around the spout area. Make sure that you clean the valve seat regularly with the help of a professional plumber.

At JCN Plumbing we cover most plumbing services, such as replacing kitchen and lavatory faucets. If you suspect that your faucet has been leaking, don’t wait any longer before is too late. Save money now and replace the faucet before it turns into a bigger challenge.

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