How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

Although a little dripping from your faucet may not seem like a big deal, a leaky faucet can lead to major problems if not resolved. Whether it’s in your kitchen or bathroom, a leaky faucet can lead to the waste of thousands of gallons of water. Learn what causes a faucet to leak as well as ways to fix one with the experts at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.  

Causes of Leaky Faucet

Leaky faucets can occur for many reasons, some of which include bad o-rings, loose parts, buildup, and worn out washers. An o-ring is a small rubber seal used to prevent water from leaking out of a faucet’s spout. O-rings can become faulty, causing water to drip. Buildup on a valve seat can cause a faucet to leak. The buildup usually consists of various minerals, including calcium and magnesium. Another reason for a faucet leak is loose parts. As time passes, parts, such as the ring, seals, or springs, can become loose, resulting in a leak. Lastly, worn out washers can be the culprit of a leak. Washers are used to ensure bolts or nuts are tightened. 

Ways to Fix a Leaky Faucet

Now that we have learned about the causes of a leaky faucet, it is time to learn how to fix one! Before attempting to fix the leak, it is important to shut off the water. Once that is done, put a towel or something to block the drain in case something falls off. Next, it is time to determine what is causing the leak. If it is the o-ring or a washer, you can simply replace them. Loose parts can be tightened or even replaced. Lastly, the buildup can be removed by creating a warm white vinegar solution.  

Contact Stephens Plumbing for All of Your Plumbing Needs

If you find that the aforementioned recommendations do not work, it may be possible that there is a more severe issue at hand. In that case, it is important to contact a trusted plumber. The team at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help you when you need it most. We specialize in sink and faucet repair for bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor spaces, and more. If it’s an emergency situation, one of our experienced technicians can come as soon as possible to quickly make a repair. We proudly offer emergency plumbing services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can feel less stressed about the situation taking long to resolve. 

Why Stephens you may ask? Stephens has been family-owned and operated since 1986. The company was founded on the basis of family business and strong ethics, with a mission to provide reputable repair services for any income to residential and commercial spaces. We have hired a team that aligns with our values and possesses the experience and knowledge required to provide expert work and quality service. We love being able to serve our local community with the work we do best. Whenever you’re experiencing a plumbing issue, just know that Stephens has you covered. To schedule an appointment with us and receive a free estimate, give us a call or feel free to fill out the contact form available on our website.