Why is my faucet dripping?

Tai Irwin
20 Jun 2014

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What Causes my Faucets to Drip?

Faucet RepairIs there anything more annoying than a dripping faucet? A constantly dripping faucet could eventually result in water stains, or even a small flood in the bathroom. It’s very important to fix it as soon as possible since it will likely lead to further damage somewhere else in the home if left unchecked. However, before you can schedule a faucet repair, it is important to understand what’s causing the issue, and where it’s coming from.

Water Pressure

If your faucet is only dripping at certain times throughout the day, or during a particular behavior, then the reason may stem from your water pressure being set too high. Water pressure may stop water from freely flowing from a certain point, which indicates that it could be backing up and then leaking out at another location – typically to the overflow tank of the toilet or an available faucet. While this type of dripping isn’t necessarily critical, it may be best to decrease your water pressure’s force somewhat. Eventually, you may need to contact a reliable plumber in order to properly fix it.

Faulty Plumbing

A rare cause of a dripping faucet could be due to a broken fitting or pipe. These can eventually develop cracks, which typically leak onto the area beneath the sink. However, if the crack causes issues with the water pressure, the faucet connected to the broken pipe will probably drip periodically. If you suspect this is the case, calling a professional plumber to inspect your pipes may be the best course of action to take.

Broken Parts

Even though there are several reasons why your faucet may be constantly dripping, broken or damaged parts are probably the most likely reason. A solid drip is generally a strong sign that a washer inside your tap itself needs to be replaced. The seals within compression faucets are especially prone to developing damage since they are under so much pressure to keep the water from actually flowing. Other kinds of faucets could have drips as well like a cartridge faucet. However, they don’t have washers so you should have the moving parts examined, such as the outlet seals, inlet damage, or the O rings.

Any of these problems can be easily assessed and repaired by a reputable plumber.

Is your North Shore home in need of a faucet repair? Call Tai Irwin Tai Irwin today at 02 9451-1863 for immediate solutions!