The rhythmic drip-drop of your faucet can be more than a simple annoyance; it can signal a much more significant issue in your home plumbing system. From worn-out washers to faulty seals, we’ll look at why your faucet could be dripping and how these issues can be diagnosed and fixed. If you’re experiencing an underlying issue with your plumbing system contributing to a leaky faucet, it won’t go away on its own. At On Time Experts, we specialize in plumbing repairs throughout Garland, Dallas, and other Texas communities. Here are some of the main causes of a leaky faucet.

Worn-Out Washers

Worn-out washers are a common cause of faucet leaks, often occurring from repeated, regular use of your faucet. These small components are typically made of rubber or silicone and help create a strong, watertight seal within your faucet handle. The washers prevent water from leaking from your faucet when turned off. We can replace these worn-out washers for you and stop your dripping faucet. Worn-out washers are generally small issues, but when ignored, they can become a big issue, with large amounts of water pouring out of your plumbing system every time it’s in use. It’s critical that each washer is inspected and any washers that are too worn are replaced immediately.

Corroded Valve Set

Corroded valve sets can negatively affect the functionality of your plumbing system by creating leaks and limiting water flow. Water can escape when the valves are corroded and no longer trap water in the closed plumbing system. Corroded valves can also create a health issue for your home by allowing contaminants to enter your water supply. Any corrosion must be addressed quickly. Attempting a do-it-yourself project on corroded valve sets can be challenging and may worsen the damage if not done correctly. It’s best to seek the expertise of a qualified plumber to assess the extent of corrosion and perform the necessary repairs or replacements.

Faulty O-Ring

A faulty O-ring in a faucet can lead to leaks and drips because of the compromised seal between moving parts. Over time, wear and tear or exposure to minerals in the water can degrade the O-ring, causing it to lose its elasticity and effectiveness. Replacing the O-ring with a new one is the only way to ensure the proper functioning of your faucet and prevent ongoing leaks. Ignoring a faulty O-ring can lead to higher water bills and water damage to your home. A professional plumber can diagnose the problem accurately and perform the necessary repairs or replacements.

Damaged Parts

Plumbing systems, including faucets, are made up of multiple components. If any of these components are damaged, they need to be fixed. Cracks or breaks in components such as the valve seat, the cartridge, or the handle can degrade your plumbing system’s integrity. Water pressure can fluctuate, with leaks developing around each damaged section. Prompt replacement of damaged components is necessary to avoid further damage to your plumbing system and home. We can thoroughly inspect your plumbing system and diagnose and fix any issues that arise.

High Water Pressure

You may be straining your plumbing system if you frequently use high water pressure at home. High water pressure can lead to faucet leaks because the excessive pressure puts an extra strain on washers, seals, and other internal components. These components will wear out more quickly, resulting in leaks and dripping faucets. Also, the forceful flow of water can exacerbate existing problems, making your plumbing system break down even faster. A professional plumber can help you address the high water pressure by using pressure-reducing valves to stop the damage.

Poor Installation

Poor installation practices can result in faucet leaks and other plumbing problems, including faucet dripping. Improperly fitted washers, loose connections, or incorrect sealing can contribute to leaks over time. Also, if the faucet components are not aligned correctly during installation, you may experience wear and tear far sooner than you should for your plumbing system. It’s important to make sure that a qualified plumber installs your faucet. If your faucet was poorly installed, contact us, and let us re-install the system so it works as it should.

Cracked Pipes

Cracked pipes are a serious plumbing problem that can lead to water leaks and damage to your property. These cracks can develop due to many factors, including freezing temperatures, physical damage, pests, corrosion, and several other reasons. Unaddressed, cracked pipes can result in water waste and costly repairs. It’s important to have your plumbing system inspected regularly by reliable plumbers. It can be difficult to locate leaks without an official inspection.

Plumbers can use a variety of techniques, including a camera scope, to locate all of the potential cracks in the plumbing system before taking the time to fix them. If you do not fix cracked pipes, you may also end up with water stains, dampness, structural home damage, and mold growth.

Mineral Buildup

Mineral buildup, also known as limescale or scale, happens when minerals like calcium and magnesium accumulate in pipes and fixtures over time. This buildup is commonly seen in areas that have hard water because hard water has a high mineral content. Over time, mineral deposits build up and restrict water flow, which creates limited water pressure and clogged fixtures. Mineral buildup can also corrode plumbing components and shorten their lifespans.

Regular maintenance can help limit the mineral buildup and extend the life of your plumbing system. Don’t let plumbing problems escalate and cause further damage to your property. You can choose to prevent this problem by having us install a water softening system. You’ll find that appliances, from coffee makers to washing machines, will last longer. As experts in plumbing solutions, On Time Experts would be happy to help.

Broken Seals

Broken seals in faucets can lead to leaks and water waste. These seals are typically made of rubber or silicone and combine with washers to create airtight seals. If a seal is broken, water can leak out of the faucet and damage the home. Depending on the severity of the seal damage, you’ll see constant dripping or even a steady stream of water. Broken seals must be addressed immediately because they have a high risk of damaging the home and the plumbing system quickly.

Contact Us Today

Having a well-functioning plumbing system is critical. If your faucet leak isn’t addressed, many potential plumbing issues will wreak havoc on your home, from water waste to structural damage. If you need help with your plumbing system and are looking for a permanent fix to a leaking faucet, you can rely on On Time Experts. With our expertise and dedication to customer satisfaction, you can rest assured that your plumbing system is in good hands.

In addition to a range of plumbing services, we offer cooling, heating, and air quality solutions for homeowners and businesses throughout Texas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and let us take care of your plumbing concerns.

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