5 Causes of Leaks After Installing a New Faucet
Installing a new faucet is a great do-it-yourself (DIY) project, however, problems may arise if not properly installed. Leaks should be fixed as soon as possible to conserve water. According to the data released by nonprofit environmental conservation organization Clean Up Australia Ltd., a leaking tap can waste as much as 2,000 liters of water per month. Here, we will be discussing the causes of leaks after installing a new faucet.
1. Faulty Installation. Faulty installation is the most common cause of leaks after installing a new faucet. Check if the water supply connectors are tightened properly. Make sure not to overtighten the connectors as this may result to seal breakage or cause connections to strip out. You should end up with a leak-free installation if you followed the manufacturer’s instructions correctly.
2. Damaged Seals. A broken seal can cause leaks coming from the water supply valves or the supply line connection to the faucet. Check the rubber O-rings within the female end of all connectors once you disassemble the water supply line. Replace the rubber O-rings if it is cracked or broken.
3. Blocked Faucet Screen. Leaks from the water supply lines and connections may be related to a blocked faucet screen. Debris entering the pipes during the initial installation could lead to a blocked screen. The buildup of minerals in the water entering the screen can also lead to blockage.
4. Cracked Pipes. Although this issue is rare, leaks can also be caused by damaged pipes. Mishandling of plastic and metal pipes during installation may result to cracks or breaks. Water will be dripping from a section of the pipe rather than the water leaking out of connection points. Pipes with cracks or breaks must be replaced or you may patch it up temporarily while waiting for an emergency plumber.
5. Defective Faucet. On rare occasions you might run into a defective faucet that might be the cause of leaks. Be sure to rule out other causes before reaching a conclusion that the faucet may have factory defects. Once you have determined that the faucet is defective, check the warranty and have a replacement.
Reading the manufacturer’s instructions carefully is essential to achieve a leak-free installation. Knowing how to troubleshoot any problems related to the installation of faucets is also important for quick repair and restoration.