Leaky faucets are perhaps the most common plumbing problem that you will encounter. If you own a home for long enough, you will eventually discover that your faucets are going to leak at some point. You should always make an effort to repair a leaky faucet right away because you could end up wasting a lot of water. Think about in terms of the numbers: a faucet that leaks a droplet of water every second means that you are wasting roughly 3,000 gallons of water in a single year.
Many people assume that leaky faucets are a simple fix, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. That is because there are several things that cause a faulty faucet in the first place, including a weakened O-ring (toric joint), a bad valve, or an old cartridge. In many cases, you are going to have to fix a specific component of your faucet to stop the leaking. You may also need to replace the faucet altogether if there is no way that you can repair the leak.