What to Do If You Have a Leaking Faucet

Published on: April 12, 2021

A leaky faucet isn’t just a nuisance, it can cost you a lot of money if not fixed. Even a small drip can result in hundreds of gallons a month of wasted water. Water that you’ll end up paying for.

What can you do if your faucet is leaking? That depends on the cause and extent of the leak. A small drip might be fixable with some simple DIY tips, while a gushing or flowing faucet that won’t turn off might require a pro.

Due to Mineral Build Up: Mineral build up inside the faucet (especially the head) can sometimes prevent the seal from blocking off the water supply. Sometimes a little CLR or mineral cleaner can resolve a small drip.

Corrosion of Parts: If the body or interior of the faucet has become corroded, it’s time to replace the entire faucet. Given that this job requires specialized tools, a bit of know-how and adhering to your city codes, it’s often best to call in a professional.

Leaking Around Base of Spout: This type of leak is often caused by a worn, dry rotted or faulty O-ring or seal that is located just under the body/base of the faucet. Replacement of this seal should remedy the problem. Again, if you’re not familiar with this process or what parts you need, this is a fast and affordable job best handled by a plumber.

Water is Everywhere: If water is gushing out, overflowing or simple on full blast with no sign of slowing down, shut off the water to your home (usually in the basement) and call our emergency help line for immediate assistance.

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