• Joseph DeLorme

Why is my bathroom faucet leaking?

Updated: Nov 4

leaky bathroom faucet

A leaky bathtub or sink faucet can be incredibly irritating and costly for a homeowner. It may not seem like a drip every few seconds will add up to anything significant, but the truth may really surprise you. It’s estimated that a leaky faucet can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water every year, which as you may have guessed, will create a spike in your water bills. Leaking faucets can also cause corrosion, mineral buildup, and some people even report issues sleeping if they can hear a faucet leaking in the distance. While we highly suggest calling a professional plumber, there are some things related to your faucet you can be on the lookout for or even fix yourself.

Loose Hardware

The first thing you will want to check is the tightness of all the faucet hardware. With constant use, the bolts and nuts holding the faucet in place will begin to loosen and cause leakage. While plumbers use special glues to make sure bolts stay in place for long periods of time, that’s not to say leakage can be completely prevented. Take a look at the bolts and use either a wrench or screwdriver to tighten them as much as possible. If this still doesn’t resolve the leak then you will know for sure the problem lies somewhere deeper.

O Ring is Compromised

After checking the tightness of all hardware, it’s time to look deeper at the “o” rings. Rubber o rings are used often in plumbing work to insure a watertight seal for connections or places that could be subject to leaking. After a period of time, the rubber can become brittle and compromised, leaving you with a steady drip, or in some cases, spraying when the water pressure is increased. Replacing the o rings should solve many leaks, but it’s not always guaranteed.

Hard Water and Mineral Deposits

If you live in an area where the water is hard or full of minerals then buildup of those minerals on metal surfaces will be tough to avoid. Over time, mineral deposits will create space in between metal components or erode things like o rings and other seals. The best solution in this case would be to remove the faucet entirely and soak it in hard water cleaner. Once the minerals are cleared, it should solve the issue.

Water Pressure

If the water pressure is too high in your home, or the bathroom plumbing was installed incorrectly, it can cause some major issues down the line. If highly pressurized water is being pushed through valves that were not designed to handle it, leaks will become a common annoyance. Unbalanced water pressure can also cause high pitched squealing in the faucet which can also be bothersome. A leaking faucet is absolutely something you as the homeowner can fix and learn from, but it will take some investigation. If you feel out of your depth or don’t understand the issue it is always a good idea to reach out to a reputable plumbing company. We will endeavour to solve the issue as quickly and as seamlessly as possible. Give Jolly Plumbing a call today!

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