After dealing with a leaky faucet and hearing it drip-dropping throughout the night, I had enough and took fixing it into my own hands. But first, I had to figure out what was wrong with it. Here is what was wrong with it:
Worn out Washer – 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 and resistance causes it to wear out. As a result, dripping is noticed around the spout.
There are a number of other reasons why your faucet might be leaking as well:
1. Problem in the O ring – A stem screw is used to hold the handle of a faucet in place. This stem screw comprises of a small disc attached to it, known as the O ring. This is an integral point wherein dripping can occur. The O ring can become loose or wear out over regular usage, causing the faucet to drip near the handle. Replacing the damaged O ring can fix the dripping faucet, if this is the issue. This problem occurs specifically in cartridge faucets.
2. Corroded Valve Seat – A valve seat serves as a connection between the faucet and the spout in 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.
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