Are you faced with water damage because you ignored a faucet leak? Contact your local water damage restoration company to remediate the damage.
A leaky faucet not only disturbs sleep but may also translate into a bigger problem that can cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs. You may ignore the leaking faucet, considering the loss as insignificant, but a small leak can waste 3 gallons of water a day. The worst part is you may only realize this after receiving an outrageously high water bill!
If the leak remains unnoticed, perhaps because it’s happening behind the sink, it can trigger mold growth, which itself is a serious household problem that requires professional cleanup. If you don’t remove it in a timely manner from your home, it will quickly spread to other areas, making you and your family vulnerable to various health conditions.
To avoid this, you should never procrastinate on fixing a leaky faucet. To troubleshoot the problem, you’ll need to track the cause of the leak. To help you out, we’ll identify some of the causes of a leaky faucet at home.
Improper Washer Installation
If your faucet was set up recently, yet it started leaking, chances are its washer was either not properly installed or is not the right size. The simple fix, in this case, is to call your plumber to get it properly installed.
The flow of water into a faucet spout is controlled by a valve known as a cartridge. In this cartridge, a small disc called O-ring is attached to the stem screw that firmly holds the faucet in place. If this disk gets loose or worn-out, it will cause the sink handle to leak.
Loose or Broken Parts
The packing nuts and adjusting ring in the stream crew of your faucet often gets loose over time, causing a leak. In this case, you’ll simply need to replace or tighten the packing nut to resolve the problem.
If, however, the leak is coming from underneath the sink, it’s probably resulting from a broken fitting or pipe under the sink. In either case, a plumbing professional will help resolve the problem for you.
Corroded Valve Seat
The cartridge/valve of your faucet sits against a valve seat, a connection in the compression mechanism. The older seats produced with brass can be repaired by resurfacing, but if your faucet comprises of new plastic seats, you’ll need to replace the entire unit.
Contact Your Local Water Damage Restoration Company
These were some of the most common causes of a faucet leak. If you’re able to trace the underlying cause in your case, the problem should normally be resolved with a quick fix. If the leaky faucet, however, has already caused considerable water damage including mold infestation, it’s best to seek professional water damage restoration services. STOP Restoration of Mesa, which serves in Mesa, San Tan Valley, Gilbert, and Tempe, AZ, can help restore the damage in a professional manner. #stopmesa #waterdamage #waterremediation