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Common causes of a leaking faucet

That “drip, drip, drip” from a leaky faucet can be annoying. These minor plumbing problems can also cost you a lot of money is wasted water. Even worse, a leaky faucet can cause water to seep behind your kitchen or bath fixture and allow mildew and mold to grow in the drywall and boards behind your sink. It’s important to fix such water issues promptly.

Common causes of a leaking faucet

Most leaky faucets are caused by relatively minor problems. That’s why it makes sense to address them right away. The money you spend in wasted water over several weeks (or months?) could more than pay for the repair.

Just a few common cause of leaking faucets include:

  • Worn out washers. On older faucets, one of the most common problems is washers (or seals) that get old and brittle and then give out. Replacing a washer is a quick, inexpensive job.
  • Worn out cartridge. The cartridge is the inner workings of the faucet that enables it to turn on and off. When this goes, the faucet will often drip.
  • Faulty plumbing. A leaky faucet could have nothing to do with the faucet itself, but rather be an issue with the pipes leading to the sink.

Keeping your plumbing in good repair with Kaufman’s Home Maintenance

Fixing a leaky faucet can be easy or not-so-easy, depending on the cause. The trouble is that you generally don’t know which it’s going to be until you disassemble the faucet.  That’s why it’s a good idea to have a qualified professional, like the staff at Kaufman’s Home Maintenance, handle the job.

In addition to helping you with your dripping faucet, Kaufman’s Home Maintenance offers a full range of home repair and handyman services, both on a demand basis and as a subscription service. We tailor our packages to meet your individual home maintenance needs. Just a few of the services we offer include inserting new filters in your furnace and air conditioning systems, washing outside windows, clearing your water drainage system of debris AND repairing that dripping faucet. To learn more about Kaufman’s Home Maintenance Service, call 503-798-4357 or visit to schedule an appointment.