why is my faucet drippingAs an experienced Las Vegas plumber, I am asked many different plumbing questions.  Some are more random than others.  In this blog, I am going to discuss the frequently asked question of “why is my faucet dripping.”

Leaks within the home have a potential to leak 10,000 gallons of water per year.  This includes leaks from all sources such as toilets, showers, faucets, etc.  So it is important to fix leaky faucets when you notice they are leaking.  It also helps control damages that could arise from an ongoing leak such as deteriorating caulking and grout.

What causes a faucet to drip?

  • O Ring needs to be replaced: An O Ring is a rubber disc that is Leaking Faucet - O ringattached to the stem. After time, the O ring may become damaged or loose and will need to be replaced.
  • Valve seat is corroded: The connection from the faucet to the spout can become corroded especially with Las Vegas’ hard water supply. If you clean the valve seat regularly then it will prolong it’s lifespan
  • Washer is worn: This is a common and easy fix for a dripping faucet. If dripping is noticed around the spout of the faucet, the rubber washer most likely needs to be replaced
  • Parts are loose: Screws and nuts occasionally come loose, especially after long term use. Tightening these parts can be a fast and easy fix for a leaking faucet.
  • Washer installed wrong: If the washer is not the right size or isn’t installed correctly, there will be dripping from the faucet.
  • Cartridge is failing: Cartridges can stop working and it is common. You may want to hire a professional plumber to make this repair if you believe the cartridge is the issue.
  • Broken faucet: though this is less likely than other issues, faucets do break. If the unit is leaking from the body, chance are it needs to be replaced.  If none of the other parts above are causing the leak, you may just need to replace the faucet all together.

*Tip– If you have a Moen faucet and are the original owner, contact Moen directly because they have lifetime warranties on their faucets.

If you do not feel comfortable with repairing a faucet on your own, we recommend hiring a licensed plumber