While most people have experienced a sleepless night due to the dripping of a leaky faucet, many don’t realize that a faucet leak could lead to increased water bills each month. In fact, some faucet leaks can add up to hundreds of dollars in additional water costs over the course of a year. Additionally, leaking water can lead to corrosion or fixtures, mildew and more. If you’re currently dealing with a leaking faucet, here are some plumbing repair tips from Ben Franklin Plumbing of Durham:
- Inspect All Washers – The washers in a faucet help to create seals, and these seals prevent water from leaking out of the faucet’s handle. If these washers become worn or warped, they can then lead to leaks. To check your washers, remove your faucet’s handle. If a washer is worn or misaligned, replace it with a comparable model from your local plumbing supply store.
- Look for Loose Connections – Another area where people experience faucet leaks is under the faucet itself. This kind of leak can lead to wood rot in cabinets and mold. To repair this kind of leak, check the hose connections that bring in hot and cold water underneath the sink or basin. Ensure that all connections are tight and that no hoses are cracked or torn. If you need to replace any hoses, make sure to turn off the water at your main valve, and then run the water in the sink or basin until it stops. Failing to do this could lead to excess water remaining in the hoses.
If you’re still unable to stop your faucet leak by following these steps, you may want to call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Benjamin Franklin offers plumbing repair in Durham and the surrounding area, and the company can also provide plumbing maintenance services to keep your plumbing fixtures and systems running smoothly all year long. If you have a faucet leak that you simply can’t stop, or if you have any other plumbing related concerns or questions, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Durham today at 919-408-7200.