Drip. Drip. Drip. Nothing’s quite as annoying as the monotonous patter of a leaky faucet dripping into kitchen sinks.
But why do faucets leak? and how can you prevent it from occurring? Well, if you purchased a cheap kitchen faucet made of cheap parts with cheap labor, then chances are it will start leaking shortly after installation. However, if you purchased a quality Rohl Faucet or Blanco Faucet, the chances of your faucet leaking are minimal.
The main cause of a leaky faucet is wear and tear. Cheaper kitchen faucets break down faster, it’s a fact. They are constructed with low-quality sealants and rings, which do not withstand the daily rigors that a family will put on a kitchen faucets.
Leaking near the handle: Children will lean on faucet handles, or push them up higher and higher thinking that it will allow more water to come out. Teenagers will be careless and smack the faucet handle up or down. And of course, we adults will also push the faucet to its breaking point now and again. This sort of pressure will wear down the internal O-rings of a faucet causing it to leak near the base of the handle.
Dripping from the nozzle: This is the annoying pitter patter that you hear while trying to fall asleep.
The first possibility is that the faucet is just not turned off completely.
The second possibility is that the internal washer is corroded, or a valve seat needs to be replaced. Put simply, the internal parts are worn down.
Again, when you purchase high-quality kitchen faucet from manufacturers like Rohl or Blanco, you needn’t worry about leaks for many years. This is because they are constructed with sturdy materials, and assembled professionally and meticulously to withstand day-to-day use.
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