It is not just a nuisance, but it can also be a wasteful use of water. The problem affects many homeowners, and there are many causes. This article will discuss the causes and solutions for dripping taps.

  1. A worn out washer is the small rubber seal inside the valve’s seat. It creates a tight seal to prevent water from escaping the faucet after it has been turned off. Over time the washer may wear out, become loose and cause the faucet drip. Replace the washer to fix this problem.
  2. The loose parts on faucets can cause the faucet to drip. A leaking faucet may be caused by loose washers, nuts, screws and bolts. Tighten the parts that are loose with a screwdriver, or a wrench.
  3. Corroded valve seats The valve seat connects the faucet to the spout. It can corrode over time and cause leaks. Replace the valve seat, or clean it using a wire brush.
  4. A worn-out O-Ring is a small seal made of rubber that fits around the stem of the valve. The O-ring helps create a seal that prevents water from leaking when the valve is shut off. Over time the O-ring will wear out, and it can become loose. This causes the faucet to drip. Replace the O ring to fix this problem.
  5. High Water pressure High water pressure can cause a faucet to drip. Excess pressure can cause leaks by stressing the internal components of the faucet. You can fix this problem by installing a pressure-reducing syringe.
  6. Corroded Pipes Corroded tubes can cause a faucet to drip. This corrosion can lead to the pipes leaking, resulting in a dripping tap. Replace the pipes if you want to solve this problem.
  7. Broken Cartridge This is the valve that controls water flow. The faucet can drip when the cartridge is worn or broken. Replace the cartridge to fix this problem.
  8. Installing the faucet incorrectly can lead to leaks. The issue can be resolved by installing the faucet properly.

The cause of a dripping sink faucet is a wide range of factors. In order to properly fix the leak, you must first determine its cause. You can solve some problems with simple fixes, such as replacing or tightening parts that are loose or by replacing washers and O-rings. Some problems, such as corroded piping or a broken cartridge, may need professional assistance. Regular maintenance will help to prevent drips and increase the lifespan of your faucets. You can call a plumber for help if you don’t feel comfortable doing DIY repairs.