What causes a dripping faucet? ASK A PLUMBER

Why is my faucet dripping?

There is a device inside of your faucet that controls the on and the off to the water. That same device also controls the temperature of the water. On an older faucet, there is a washer on the end of the stem and when you turn the handle it presses down against the seat of the faucet. Newer faucets are often washerless faucets and there are different parts inside of those faucets that are not washers. The parts in washerless faucets usually last longer than standard rubber washers but there are still parts in newer faucets that wear out and need to be replaced. The parts in newer faucets are usually called cartridges. Cartridges are not universal, they are specific not only to the brand of the faucet, but also the model of the faucet.

stainless steel dripping faucet in a stainless steel two bin sink

If there is water dripping out of the handle or out of the base of the faucet spout, it could be a problem with the O ring. If your faucet has a spout that swings back and forth, any dripping is typically a problem with the O ring. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to repair an older faucet, and it makes more sense to replace the faucet.

Plumbing in Minnesota

St Paul Pipeworks carries many of the heavy-duty classic Delta faucets right on their trucks in case one needs to be replaced. If you are having a problem with a leaky faucet or are just looking for  service from a quality plumber in the St. Paul and Minneapolis metro area, give St Paul Pipeworks a call today.

Yours Truly,
Matthew Dettwiler
Social Media Manager

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