Faucet leaks are fairly common because faucets have rubber seals inside that wear down due to age and daily use. Some faucets are easy to repair while others can be more difficult, so you may need to call a plumber for faucet repairs instead of trying to fix the leak yourself. Here are three ways a faucet might leak and how to make repairs.
1. Leak From A Side Seam
If water spews from a seam along the faucet every time you turn the water on, you might be able to make temporary repairs by plugging the leak with silicone tape or some other method. However, that isn't an attractive permanent solution. Instead, you'll probably need to replace the faucet, especially if the faucet is a budget model and it would cost less to replace it.
2. Drip From The Opening
A dripping faucet is a common type of leak. If your faucet is dripping now, the problem will probably keep getting worse until water runs out in a stream constantly. It's best to make repairs as soon as you notice a drip so you don't waste a lot of water.
Faucet repair for a drip entails taking the faucet apart and replacing the rubber seals. If you try to do the job yourself, be sure to turn off the water supply first and then take the old parts with you to the hardware store so you can buy the right replacement parts.
You can also hire a plumber to fix a dripping faucet so you don't have to risk running into problems with stuck connections, frozen valves, or parts that are hard to get off.
3. Leak At The Faucet Base
A leak along the base of the faucet might only happen when the faucet is turned on, but the leak could also be continuous. Water leaking at the base doesn't always roll in the sink. It could potentially cause water damage to your counters depending on the material they're made from and where the water rolls.
This problem might be caused by hard water scale, but it might be caused by worn parts. You could try turning the water off and taking the faucet apart so you can examine the parts. If parts are coated in mineral scale, try soaking them in vinegar or clean them gently.
If the parts are in good shape, you may not need to replace them if you can get them clean. If parts are damaged, then they need to be replaced. DIY faucet repairs aren't always as easy as you might think, so if you run into problems or if you don't enjoy repairing things yourself, call a plumber for help.