October 30 2015
A constantly dripping faucet is a tell-tale sign of a leak. However, the signs of a broken faucet aren’t always as obvious. Unfortunately, people are often unaware of an occurring leak until they receive an extremely high water bill. Leaky faucets waste thousands of gallons of water each year, so in order to preserve water and money, it’s important to be aware of the types of problems that may exist in your faucet and understand how and when you should check for leaks and other issues.
Types of Faucet Problems
Although a leaky faucet is the most typical of problems, other faucet glitches can include corrosion, mineral deposit, poor installation, weak water pressure and more. As your faucet ages, problems tend to occur more frequently.
When Should I Check My Faucet and How?
Although there are no set rules to how often you should examine your faucet, it’s important to perform regular inspections for obvious signs of problems. As you use your faucet each day, pay attention to the typical way your faucet looks and works. This will allow you to detect early signs of problems before the issue gets out of hand.
If the water is spewing or dribbling instead of producing a steady stream, or the faucet is constantly dripping, you most likely have a leak. Screeching faucets and weak water pressure are signs of poor installation and mineral build up. Be sure to examine for rust as this is a sign of corrosion and can reduce the quality of your water and faucet performance.