Running faucet

Solving the Mystery of a Running Faucet – Insights from Denver Emergency Plumbing

Denver Emergency Plumbing brings you an in-depth look into the common but often misunderstood issue of running faucets. Serving residents in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Centennial, and Arvada, our goal is to provide comprehensive insights and solutions for this frequent household problem.

What is a Running Faucet?

A running faucet occurs when water continues to flow or drip from a faucet, even when it is turned off. This issue is not just a nuisance but can lead to increased water bills and potential water damage over time.

The Root Causes of a Running Faucet

Understanding the causes is essential for effective solutions:

  • Worn Washers and Seals: The most common cause is the wear and tear of washers and seals within the faucet. These components are responsible for forming a water-tight seal, and over time, they can degrade.
  • Faulty O-Ring: O-rings in the faucet handles can wear out, leading to leaks that cause continuous running.
  • Corroded Valve Seat: The valve seat, which connects the faucet and the spout, can corrode, preventing the faucet from shutting off completely.
  • Improperly Adjusted or Damaged Components: Sometimes, internal components like the stem screw or the adjusting ring are either not properly adjusted or damaged.

Recognizing the Symptoms of a Running Faucet

  • Continuous dripping or a steady stream of water from the faucet.
  • A faucet that doesn’t fully shut off, even when the handles are tightly closed.
  • Unusual noises coming from the faucet when it’s turned off.
Denver Emergency Plumbing technician fixing a running faucet in a home bathroom.

Tackling the Problem – Our Approach

  • Diagnosis: The first step is a thorough inspection to identify the root cause of the running faucet. Our technicians are trained to pinpoint the exact issue, whether it’s a worn washer or a faulty valve seat.
  • Repair or Replacement: Depending on the diagnosis, our approach varies from replacing worn parts to adjusting internal mechanisms. We use high-quality replacement parts to ensure durability and efficiency.
  • Testing and Verification: Post-repair, we conduct a series of tests to ensure the faucet is functioning correctly, and the problem of running water is resolved.

Tips to Prevent Running Faucets

  • Regularly check your faucets for early signs of wear or leaks.
  • Avoid over-tightening the faucet handles, as this can accelerate wear.
  • Clean your faucets regularly to prevent mineral buildup.
  • Schedule routine plumbing inspections to catch issues before they escalate.

Denver Emergency Plumbing understands the intricacies of running faucets. Our expertise in this area is backed by years of experience in dealing with a variety of plumbing issues in the Denver area. If you’re dealing with a running faucet, don’t let it add to your water bill or cause unnecessary frustration. Contact us for swift and effective solutions.

Professional from Denver Emergency Plumbing addressing a running faucet in a commercial environment.