Understanding Faucet Issues

There are a number of problems that can end up happening to a faucet in your home. Different types of problems with the faucet can cause different types of issues to happen. For example, the faucet can end up dripping or it can become clogged. You can learn about some of the different things that can happen with faucets in this article so you will be better at troubleshooting and knowing when you want to call the plumber. 

The faucet is dripping

If the faucet is dripping, then there can be a few different things that might be causing it to happen. No matter what is causing the leak, you need to have the problem fixed because even a very small leak can end up causing a lot of water to be wasted and this can significantly increase your water bills. One of the things that can cause a leaking faucet is having a bad O-ring that needs to be replaced. There can also be worn washers or seals that lead to leaks. In a cartridge faucet, a leak can happen when the cartridge itself is bad and needs to be replaced. A leak coming from the sprout can mean the valve seat got corroded and the number one cause of this is hard-water sediment. 

The faucet sputters

If the water sputters as it comes out of the faucet, then there is likely air in the line. Once you have the air removed from the line, then the sputtering should stop. If the water is coming out of the faucet only partially, this is different than sputtering. This means it is likely that a dirty aerator is the cause and the water is only able to come out of the unblocked sections of the aerator, causing the partial streams. 

The faucet base moves

If the faucet base moves, then this means that the faucet isn't tightened down enough. The sink faucet can be tightened from underneath. If it keeps happening, then there may be an issue with the washer or other parts that need to be replaced. 

When you have an issue with the faucet, then a plumber can take care of it for you. In some cases, they can easily fix the problem. However, in other cases, they may suggest that you just replace the faucet. Their advice may depend on the type of faucet you currently have as well as the problems it's experiencing.

Contact a local plumber if you have more questions about faucet repair.