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Why is the sink faucet leaking?

Nothing is more frustrating than a sink that has a leaky faucet. Not only can it be distracting when you are trying to eat dinner or watch television, it will end up costing you money. Even the smallest leak can result in hundreds of gallons of water wasted if it is not dealt with as soon as possible.

The good news is that a leaky faucet is one of the easiest issues that you will face when it comes to your home's plumbing system, so most of the time it can be dealt with on your own. You just need to make sure that you know what you are looking for.

There are plenty of reasons why a sink will start leaking. It is possible that the components that make up the faucet will become loose over time. This is not unusual, as the more you use something the more likely it will be that a piece has slipped out of where it needs to be.

The most common parts that will loosen over time is the adjusting ring or packing nuts in the stem screw. If you notice leaking from the handle, check these areas first and tighten anything that needs attention.

Another reason that your sink has developed a leak is that the washer has become worn out. Each time you use the sink, the washer rubs up against the valve seat, and the constant friction will result in parts that are run down quickly. Be sure to check the washer as soon as you notice a leak and replace it if necessary.

If there is a plumbing issue that you can't tackle on your own, be sure to schedule an appointment with John C. Flood today for our Fairfax plumbing services.