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Fixing a Leaky Faucet

April 7, 2016 | Blog

Leaking faucet

Drip…drip…drip…the incessant noise of a leaky faucet can be really annoying, not to mention that it’s costing you money. You could be losing hundreds of gallons a year, right down the drain.

Here’s how your faucets are supposed to work. The water coming into your home is under pressure. When it reaches a faucet, it either comes out the faucet (if it’s open) or meets rubber or silicone washers in a valve on the faucet, which should completely impede the flow of water. However, those washers don’t last forever. They can become brittle or stiff over time, can start to deteriorate, or can become torn or dislodged. More often than not, when you have a dripping faucet, the problem is in the washer.

It is possible to replace the washers in a faucet, but you may run into unanticipated problems if you don’t have the right tools. Depending on how long you’ve had the drip/leak, there may be damage or corrosion to the valve seat, making the repair far more complex and likely best done by a plumbing professional.

It’s also possible to discover that your faucet has no washer at all to stop the flow of water. Most ceramic faucets use ceramic plates that fit together to prevent leaks. The ceramic plates last much longer than a rubber gasket, but are far more difficult to fix when they break. If you have one of these and you have a drip, you should probably call a plumber.

Contact Public Service Plumbers

To learn how we can help you, call (214) 753-4633 or send us an e-mail and we’ll schedule an appointment.

At Public Service Plumbers, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can send our service personnel to your home or business anytime, day or night. All of our plumbers are factory-trained and factory-certified.

Public Service Plumbers

5610 Dyer Street
Dallas, Texas 75206
(214) 753-4633

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