Why Is My Faucet Dripping?

Plumber Advice: Repairing Leaky Faucets

Plumber Advice - Faucet RepairFaucets play an important role in your home, and as professional plumbers we know what it takes to keet in good working order. Whenever they start dripping, you may start to wonder why. There are actually several reasons for a leaking faucet, including:

1. Problems with the O ring, which is a small disc that’s attached to the stem screw that holds your faucet’s handle in place. This will become loose or worn out with regular usage causing your faucet to leak near the handle.
2. A corroded valve seat occurs whenever water sediment accumulates there. This valve seat connects the faucet with the spout and so the leakage occurs around the spout.
3. A washer that’s either worn out, improperly installed or the wrong size will cause your faucet to drip. This is quite common because washers are forced against the valve seat, causing both friction and resistance, each time a faucet is turned on.
4. Loose parts (i.e. adjusting ring, packing nuts) within the steam screw may become loose and leak. This will cause your faucet to leak from its handle.
5. A worn out inlet or outlet seal can have sediment accumulate around inside of them and thus become worn out causing your faucet to drip.
6. Broken plumbing may occasionally be due to a broken pipe or broken fittings. This is because whenever your pipes develop cracks this will interfere with your water pressure leading your faucet to occasionally drip.

With so many different things that could lead to a leaking faucet, it’s hard to know for sure what the real issue is. This is why it’s a good idea to have a professional plumber take a look at your leaking faucet and give you their opinion. Only then will you know for sure what the real cause of your leaking faucet is.

Do you need a professional plumber to repair your faucet? Call Wickstrom Plumbing, Heating, Cooling today at (208) 466-9447 for immediate solutions!

Leaky Faucet Got You Down?

Consider Replacing Your Fixtures! 


Pure water dropA broken faucet is no fun. From being able to turn on hot or cold water from the faucet with a touch, you now lose control over one or the other, or maybe both. The following tips may help with this problem.

When is it necessary to replace my faucet?

There are several things to consider.

If your faucet comes loose, you don’t want to have to keep tightening or replacing it to get running water. Sometimes the faucet will spurt water, or the flow will slow down to a trickle. If the faucet starts to rust or peel, that is when many people like to change their faucet. Some faucets leak or drip, which can drive homeowners crazy.

While some issues like a dripping faucet can be fixed by someone with plumbing know-how, other problems are more complex and challenging.

What are some signs of damage?

A faucet that fails to manage the water flow effectively may be done for. Some screw-in faucet handles get stripped after years of use and need to be replaced. Faucets with too much play in the way they turn or swivel can be problematic. A loose screw is one thing, but a persistent problem that is not readily fixable is another, and more difficult to address.

How can I avoid my faucet being broken in the future?

Basically, just use a faucet the way it’s supposed to be used. Don’t push or pull it too hard, if it swivels. Turn it off completely when not in use, but don’t push overly hard on the handles. Take prompt care of any leaks or drips. If the water flow gets weak, have it checked by a plumber. Don’t let the kids play with it roughly. Keep it clean and free of debris or sticky residue from dishwashing or cooking activities. Most good quality faucets will last years if they are taken good care of. Don’t let them freeze in cold weather, or if they are exposed to extremely low temperatures, turn off the water supply so ice won’t form and possibly damage the faucet.
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No one wants to keep replacing faucets because they are being misused. Common sense care of these devices will keep them in top working condition for years to come. If your faucet springs a leak or sprouts a problem, carefully evaluate the faucet to see what’s happening, and contact an expert.

Fix those unsightly fixtures and faucets to give your Boise home a quick update. Don’t let that leaky faucet ruin your home and your wallet, call the experts of Wickstrom Plumbing Company at (208) 350-6413