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What are Common Causes of a Leaky Kitchen Faucet?

What are Common Causes of a Leaky Kitchen Faucet?

Issue Time:2021-03-03
The steady dripping of a leaky faucet is one of the most common household problems. The faucets in your home can do wear out over time from continued use. Most styles of faucets will give you some warning they are failing by starting to leak when shut off. The cause for a leaking faucet is often related to hardware failure. The common causes of leaky faucets in your home include:

Bad Washers:
The washer is the part inside the faucet that opens and closes when you turn the faucet on and off. The movement of the washer creates friction, which causes normal wear and tear. Eventually, the washer will not fit tightly against the valve seat and allow water to drip.

Bad O-rings:
O-rings are another internal part that can wear out. The O-ring is responsible for helping keep the seal in between the faucet cartridge or stem and the washer.

Bad Seals:
There are inlet seals in many faucet designs. These seals are what allow water to flow freely when the faucet is turned on and stop water when shut Seals can get damaged from excessive water pressure, sediment, and scale.

Broken Hardware: If a piece of the internal hardware that makes up the faucet mechanism to turn the water on and off breaks, it may not function correctly. As a result, water could leak and drip out the faucet.

Valve Seat Corrosion: At the base of the mechanism used to turn the faucet on and off is a valve seat. From repeated usage, as well as corrosion, the valve can wear out. A bad valve seat is easy to spot if you notice water dripping from around the handle area when the faucet is on or off.

Bad Faucet Cartridge:
In single handle faucet designs, there is a faucet cartridge inside that helps regulate the flow of hot and cold water. The cartridge can develop leaks as it starts to wear out.

These are the most common causes. If you are still failed to solve the problem, or want to replace new faucets, welcome to contact us now, OUBAO is glad to provide professional advice for you.
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