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Leaking faucets are the bane of homeowners. The constant dripping can be annoying enough to keep you up at night, and every drip represents a little more money added to your water bill. A surprising amount of water can be wasted in even a small leak, which also means that you can’t keep your commitment to a green lifestyle. Whenever you have a leaky faucet, call a plumber for repairs as soon as possible to minimize water waste, keep your bills under control, and get some peace and quiet. Here are three of the most likely causes of leaking faucets that your plumber may uncover.

Old Cartridges

If you have a cartridge faucet, the cartridge itself can become damaged and will cause a leak. Typically, cartridges become damaged over time because of wear and tear. If you have hard water, your cartridge may wear out even faster. Your plumber can inspect your cartridge and replace it if necessary to prevent the leak.

Damage to Internal Parts

Damage to any part of your faucets could lead to a leak. In some cases, the washer on the faucet may become damaged and cause a steady leak. The seals inside the faucet can also become faulty, and so can moving parts of the faucet, such the O-rings. Different types of faucets are vulnerable to different types of damage, and your faucets are more likely to become damaged if you have hard water. Typically, fixing the damaged parts will fix the drip without the need to replace the entire faucet. Your plumber can help you decide if making repairs or buying a new faucet is the best way for you to avoid leaks.

Water Pressure Problems

When your water pressure is too high, it can interfere with the way water flows through your pipes. If pressure prevents water from moving freely through one location, it will look for an outlet it can flow to, which is often a faucet. As a result, the faucet that the water flows to will leak. Water pressure-related leaks usually only occur at certain times of the day, so if your faucet leaks seem sporadic, this could be the cause.

Don’t let leaky faucets drive up your water bill or cause another sleepless night. Our licensed plumbers in Portland can perform fast, reliable repairs for all of your plumbing issues, both large and small. You can learn more about all of our plumbing repair services on our website. Check out our blog for more advice about dealing with plumbing problems.

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