Why The Base Of Your Faucet Keeps Leaking

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If the base of your faucet is leaking, chances are the faucet is breaking down. Unfortunately, while leaks in other parts of faucets can often be repaired by replacing washers, the base of a faucet is a little different. Here are some reasons why your faucet is leaking and the best ways you can prevent the problem in the future.

Convenient Swiveling Can Become a Nuisance

Having a swiveling faucet in the kitchen or bathroom is extremely convenient, but it can also cause one of the biggest nuisances down the line. The swiveling action of a faucet tends to slowly create friction on the inside of the two parts of the faucet that rub together. Over time, this friction can misshape the two parts, creating an imperfect seal that allows water to leak out. If your faucet leaks more depending on what direction the faucet is pointing in, this is probably your problem.

Plastic May Be At Fault

Whether or not you have a swiveling faucet, plastic may be to blame for your faucet leaking. The vast majority of inexpensive faucets aren't actually made entirely out of metal, in order to sell a lighter and less expensive product. Instead of metal cores, they may have plastic ones.

Unfortunately, plastic doesn't hold up as well as metal, and since manufacturers want the faucets to still look fancy and metallic, they tend to put the plastic on the inside and a metal layer on the outside. As a result, plastic is directly exposed to the water coming through the pipes, as well as the extreme cold and heat that water may carry with it. Over time, the plastic will break down, which can cause leaks either at a swiveling joint, the handles, or even the very base of the faucet where it meets the sink.

Finding a Suitable Replacement

Unfortunately, once this damage has occurred, there's no real way to repair it. You can try to temporarily seal it up with a liquid sealant, but this is only a temporary patch job.

If you're interested in investing in a replacement that will last for decades, talk to a plumber or go to a hardware store and inquire about metal faucets. Otherwise, look for a faucet that's got a good warranty on it - the longer, the better. These warranties guarantee that a product will last for a set amount of years, or the manufacturer will replace it and in some instances, pay for a plumber to install the replacement.

Avoid cheap faucets, no matter how good they look. If the price seems to be too low to be true, chances are it's primarily inexpensively-produced plastic that will break down fairly quickly.

Sadly, keeping costs down means that less than stellar equipment is appearing in home improvement stores. By following these tips and hiring a professional plumber to install the new faucet for you, your new faucet will last much longer than your last one. 

To learn more, contact a plumbing company like Garrett Plumbing

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