What Causes Faucet Leaks?

What Causes Faucet Leaks?

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Plumbing leaks happen in a variety of shapes and sizes, with the most frequent being a faucet leak. Allowing your faucet to leak gently day after day might escalate to a major plumbing disaster that you can avoid entirely. What’s causing that bothersome leak in your bathroom or kitchen?

Parts that have been damaged or worn

Do you have a constant trickle from your faucet that makes you want to tear it right off the sink? All indications point to the faucet’s washer needing to be changed. However, if you have a compression faucet, the seals may become damaged over time due to the continual holding back of water pressure while the faucet is closed. If you have a cartridge faucet, you may need to replace the cartridge or the moving parts (O-rings, input and outlet seals).

High Water Pressure

Is your faucet leaking at certain times of the day, such as at night or when no other plumbing fixture is in use? This might indicate that your water pressure is too high, which becomes an issue when no other faucets or plumbing fixtures in your home are used (or throughout the neighbourhood). Small leaks in your faucet can lead to pinhole breaches in the pipework, which develop over time. Consider hiring a plumber to assess your water pressure and restore it to normal levels.

Cracks in the Pipes

When a plumbing pipe cracks or a fitting becomes loose, it will leak here as well as at the faucet nearest to the leak. Inspect the pipes beneath the sink if you observe a gradual but continuous leak from your faucet. Look for any minor cracks, holes, or loose fittings where the pipes meet. The leak might potentially be beyond the walls, so if you’re unsure, get your plumbing inspected by a professional plumber.


The impact of even a single leaking faucet in the home is sometimes severely underestimated by homeowners. Aside from the chance that a leaking faucet indicates another plumbing problem, a single faulty faucet might account for up to 10% of your water cost.

And that’s only the beginning of the issue. Sinks aren’t built for a slow, constant drip of water, and a leak can cause unusual things to happen, especially if your water is hard enough that the trickle begins to leave mineral streaks and deposits where it flows. This might result in a difficult to clean mess, broken sealants, or even damage that necessitates sink replacement.

Finally, environmentally conscious households should be aware that, when summed, domestic leaks may amount to startling amounts, squandering thousands upon thousands of gallons of water over the course of a year, enough to fill a bath hundreds of times.


When you detect a faucet leak in your house, make sure to have it repaired right away – before it becomes a hassle you don’t need. Reach out to the professionals at J.O. Plumbing and be assured that we will not only remedy your leak, but we will also figure out why it happened and correct the source of the problem.

So, if your leaking faucet requires repair or replacement, call the experts at J.O. Plumbing. To learn more or schedule an appointment, give us a call at (03) 88997561.

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