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  • Writer's pictureGilad Ifrach

Why is my faucet dripping?

A dripping faucet is a common plumbing issue that can have several causes:

  1. Worn Out Washer: The most common cause of a dripping faucet is a worn-out or damaged washer. Washers are made of rubber and can wear out over time, causing leaks.

  2. Loose or Worn O-Ring: The O-ring is another small part that can wear out and cause dripping. It's located around the valve stem and can deteriorate due to regular use.

  3. Corroded Valve Seat: The valve seat connects the faucet and the spout. If it becomes corroded, it can cause leaking around the spout area.

  4. Improper Installation: If the faucet was not installed correctly or if the parts were not assembled properly, it can lead to leaks.

  5. High Water Pressure: Excessive water pressure can cause stress on the faucet components, leading to leaks.

  6. Worn Out Cartridge: In a cartridge faucet, the cartridge can wear out over time, causing leaks.

  7. Broken Plumbing: Sometimes, the cause of a dripping faucet can be more serious, such as a broken pipe or fitting.

To fix a dripping faucet, you can try the following:

  • Replace the Washer: For compression faucets, replacing the washer often resolves the issue.

  • Replace the O-Ring: If the O-ring is the problem, replacing it can stop the leak.

  • Check the Valve Seat: If the valve seat is corroded, it may need to be cleaned or replaced.

  • Adjust Water Pressure: If high water pressure is the issue, installing a pressure regulator can help.

  • Replace the Cartridge: For cartridge faucets, replacing the cartridge can fix the leak.

If you're unsure about how to fix the issue, or if the dripping persists after attempting these fixes, it's best to contact a professional plumber to diagnose and repair the problem.

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