Of all the plumbing problems that a homeowner might face, few are quite as annoying as a dripping faucet. The constant sound of drops of water hitting the sink from the faucet can be akin to Chinese water torture.
Do It Yourself suggests that there are generally four main causes of dripping faucets. The most common and easily fixable reasons are damaged parts, likely washers and O-rings, or a worn-out cartridge within the faucet. Popular Mechanics has an easy, step-by-step description of how to fix a faucet whose parts have been worn out or damaged. Just remember to make sure that the water is turned off before taking apart the faucet and to replace the parts with the correct size. The best way to make sure that you are putting in the right sized washer and O-ring is to take the originals to a hardware store and match them. Some stores will sell a package of different-sized faucet parts, which may be worth your money to get it right the first time.
Usually, replacing worn or damaged parts will fix the problem. However, if your faucet still drips, you may have a bigger problem that will require the services of a professional. Worn valve seats or even broken pipes are not something that a do-it-yourselfer is usually equipped to handle. Broken pipes may be an especially difficult problem to trace down and fix, depending on where they are located.
The problem may also be high water pressure. Water pressure may cause a leak when water does not back out from one place but instead seeks an outlet from another, such as a faucet. In this case you will certainly need the services of a plumber to reduce the force of water flow so that the problem does not continue. In the Boyertown, PA area, Gehringer Mechanical are your plumbing experts. Give Gehringer Mechanical a call for quick, professional service!