Faucet leaks can be really annoying, but what's worse, they can end up costing you a lot of money in water waste if you don't get them taken care of. And although a faucet leak can often be quite a simple job for a plumber, homeowners tend to view them as less urgent than other plumbing jobs. To avoid spending extra money, you need to get a dripping or leaking faucet taken care of right away.
Here are three parts of your faucet that can spring a leak and start costing you extra money on your water and sewer bills.
1. The seal at the base of the faucet
The faucet's base is secured by an O-ring seal that runs around its circumference. If this seal starts to fail, water can begin to leak out. It may not seem like a big deal when water simply trickles out and into the sink, especially if it only happens when you're using the faucet anyway. However, the water is still being wasted, and the fix is often quite easy, just requiring a replacement of the O-ring and possibly some additional small parts such as springs. It shouldn't take your plumber long to fix if this ends up being the problem.
2. The faucet spout
The faucet can start to leak a drop at a time from the aerator mesh even when it's turned off. This can easily waste several gallons of water per day, and it's something that you can probably even fix yourself without even calling a plumber. A common cause for a dripping faucet is a worn-out washer, which many DIYers have the requisite experience to fix at home with just a few minutes of time. If you're not one of these experienced DIYers, don't worry; it'll be even easier to simply call a plumber and have them take care of the problem.
3. The faucet handle
If you have a one-handle cartridge-style faucet, leakage around the handle can mean that the cartridge needs to be replaced. This can either be a DIY job or a quick job that your plumber can do when they're already at your house for some other job. These are three ways a kitchen faucet can easily start leaking. Depending on the type of faucet you have, some leaks may be more likely than others. There are also a number of other possible reasons for a faucet leak, so if you're not positive of the cause, just let your plumber diagnose it rather than wasting time on trial and error.
For more information, contact your local drain cleaning service.