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How to Fix a Dripping Faucet Instead of calling a Milton Keynes Emergency Plumber

Assuming the dripping faucet is of the washerless variety there are a few things that could be causing the problem, instead of calling an call out Milton Keynes Emergency Plumber. A common issue is a loose O-ring. This can usually be fixed simply by tightening the packing nut. If that doesn't work then it's likely that the O-ring itself is damaged and will need to be replaced. Another possibility is that the valve seat is worn and needs to be replaced. In either case it's best to consult a plumber to avoid doing further damage to the faucet.

What causes a dripping faucet?
A dripping faucet is often caused by a faulty washer. Over time the washer can become worn or damaged causing it to leak. In some cases the problem may be with the O-ring which is a small rubber ring that helps to seal the connection between the valve and the faucet. If the O-ring is damaged or worn it can also cause a leak. 

How much water is wasted from dripping faucet
On average a faucet that drips once per second wastes 3,000 gallons of water per year. In households with multiple dripping faucets the total wasted water can quickly add up. For example if there are three faucets in a house that drip once per second 9,000 gallons of water are wasted each year. While this may not seem like a lot it is important to remember that every drop counts. If you panic, and want it sorted asap without doing DIY, then contact a Milton Keynes Emergency Plumber. 

How to fix a dripping faucet
A dripping faucet is not only annoying it can waste a lot of water and money.The good news is that most repairs are usually quick and easy to fix. 

The first step to getting the perfect water flow is figuring out what type of faucet you have. There are two primary types: physical and digital. Physical items can be touched and handled whereas digital items can only be accessed through a computer or other electronic device. Physical items are more durable but they can’t be shared or reproduced. Digital items can be shared and reproduced but they are less durable than physical items. There are two types of faucets- compression and cartridge. Compression faucets use a valve to compress the water while cartridge faucets use a mechanism to dispense water. Compression faucets have two handles one for hot water and one for cold while cartridge faucets usually have just one handle.

If you have a compression faucet the most likely cause of a drip is a worn-out washer. To fix this you'll need to shut off the water supply to the faucet and disassemble the handle. Once you've removed the handle you can access the washer and replace it.

If you have a cartridge faucet the problem is most likely with the cartridge itself. If you can’t do it yourself, call in an Emergency Plumber instead.