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What’s That Drip??

Allowing a leaky faucet to go untreated will only result in you needing more complicated (and more expensive) repairs in the future, so it’s very important that you have the problem taken care of as soon as possible. Fortunately, there may be simple repairs for the problems that you can take care of on your own if you act quickly enough.


The Facts

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, plumbing leaks can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water per household every year. Along with leaks in toilet flappers and leaking valves, dripping faucets are among the most common leaks in homes, and fixing these leaks can easily save you up to 10% of your average water bill.
Because dripping faucets can waste such a significant amount of water, leaking faucets are a major environmental concern. By not taking care of a faucet that’s leaking in your home, you’re wasting both money and valuable resources.


So What’s Making Your Faucet Leak?


Here are a few common causes of faucet leaks:


Loose parts
Your faucets are made up of several smaller parts, and over time, the inner-workings of a faucet can start to come loose. When any part of your home’s faucets come loose, they can cause leakage at the handle of the faucet. You may need to have these parts replaced, or tightening them may solve the problem.


Worn out seals
Disc faucets have inlet and outlet seals that are necessary to the way they function, and which can become worn over time with constant use and sediment build up. This could be causing your faucet to leak. Our plumbers recommend that you have sediment flushed and cleaned out regularly in order to make sure that your faucet functions properly. You may also need to have the seals replaced.


Broken plumbing
It is possible that another part of your plumbing system is broken and is causing your faucet to leak. For instance, if a pipe in your system cracks, it can change your water pressure, which could end up causing the leak.


Call our professional plumbers to have your plumbing system evaluated. Reed’s is here to serve your family day and night!