The faucet is dripping in the kitchen sink. While the constant dripping is incredibly annoying, that’s not your only concern. The drip could be wasting gallons of water.
The US Department of the Interior calculates that just one faucet could cost over a 100 gallons of water a year if it drips once every 20 seconds. However, most drips occur more frequently and could easily double or triple that number. That’s a lot of water.
What Causes The Faucets To Drip?
In order for the water to escape, the faucet isn’t sealed off properly. While this can be many things, here’s just a few common causes:
Most kitchen faucets use rubber and plastic parts such as the washers and o-rings. These parts are great at sealing the water. However, they can become warped, cracked, hardened, or out of place causing the faucet not to seal off the water anymore. They may just need replaced to restore the seal on the water.
Many different broken parts on a sink could cause dripping. Broken or cracked pipes are more severe problems requiring immediate attention from a plumber. However, the problem is generally more simple. For instance, the handle or spout of the sink might be worn out and unable to seal. Even the valves the cut the water off can become corroded. It’s best to have a plumber check it out.
If the water pressure is too high, the water can actually begin to backup and cause problems. Generally, the faucet will only leak under certain conditions if the problem is water pressure.
If you’re constantly hearing that annoying drip in the faucet, it’s time to call out the professionals. At Sunset West Plumbing & Rooter Inc., we take care of our customers. Call us with any plumbing problem in West Los Angeles, CA at (310) 454-2010.