Do you have a leaky faucet that is keeping you awake at night? Maybe you find yourself trying to read a book in a quiet environment, only to be distracted by the constant sound of water splashing in your sink basin? If this sounds like you, it might be time to scratch another chore off your home’s to-do maintenance list, and it can actually be much less of a headache than you might think.
What Causes Leaks?
There are several reasons why your faucet may be leaking water. Before you go and call the plumber to check it out, however, try to figure it out yourself with these easy DIY home maintenance tips.
1. Check the Aerator
Mineral deposits in the aerator can cause your faucet to leak noisily. “The aerator is the screen/filter that screws into the tip of the faucet, and is definitely the simplest plumbing repair you can do, so be sure to check this first,” says the owner of a Minneapolis Retirement Planning Firm, Vincent Oldre. All you have to do is unscrew the aerator and let the water run; if you don’t hear any noise, it’s likely the aerator that is to blame. Make a run to your local hardware store and purchase some new aerators to install, and you shouldn’t have any more problems.
2. Install New Washers
Another common cause of faucet noise is worn down or incorrectly sized washers. To replace the washers, you will have to turn off your water supply and take the faucet apart. Once you have removed the handles, swap out the old washers for newer models and make sure they fit perfectly with the faucet fixture. Reassemble the faucet and check for noise again. If the problem persists, you may be dealing with a slightly more complex issue.
3. Test Your Water Pressure
Water pressure that is too high can also contribute to aggravating noise coming from your faucet. To figure out of the water pressure is too high, test your plumbing with a pressure gauge. If you are dealing with water pressure greater than 80psi, this could potentially be the culprit behind your noisy faucet. “In order to maintain a steady, and constant water pressure, install a pressure regulator in the main water line to protect your plumbing and appliances from damage. This should also take care of any noise issues you might also be experiencing.” Explains business owner and Minneapolis Attorney, Mark Herman Law.
4. Replace the Plumbing System
Older homes may contain piping that is now either too small or too congested to allow a steady flow of water through them. This could also be the cause of a noisy faucet. If this is the case, you might have to completely replace the pipes in your plumbing system. This will, unfortunately, require the work of a skilled and experienced professional plumber.
Call The Experts
If you are dealing with a more complicated problem that does require total replacement of your plumbing system, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The experts at On Time Elmer Plumbing are knowledgeable and willing to help you with all of your plumbing needs. Contact us for assistance, or with any questions you might have regarding your plumbing system.