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2 Possible Reasons Why Your Kitchen Faucet Is Leaking

Lately, whenever you use your kitchen sink, you may have noticed that the faucet leaks water either at the base of the spigot or around the handles. If so, you may think that it is time to replace it. While replacing the faucet is a possibility, there could be something causing the leak that may be easy to fix. Below are a couple of possible reasons why your kitchen faucet is leaking.

1. The Aerator on the Opening of the Spigot Is Clogged Up

One possible reason why your kitchen faucet is leaking is that the aerator connected to the opening of the spigot is clogged up. Over time, the calcium and other minerals in the water will build up inside of the tiny holes as it passes through the aerator.

Over time, this mineral buildup will eventually completely close up some of the holes. If enough holes are clogged up, the water will not be allowed to flow freely through the aerator. Instead, it will back up and start to come out around the base of the spigot and even the bottom of the faucet.

To check the aerator, turn the end of the spigot to remove it. If it appears clogged up, soak it in mineral spirits, then use a firm toothbrush to try to remove the deposits. If it remains clogged, you can buy a new aerator for your faucet's model from a hardware or plumbing supply store.

2. The O-Rings Under the Faucet's Handles Are Worn Out

Another possible reason why your faucet is leaking is that the o-rings under the handles have become worn out. These washers will wear down after years of having the handles turn on top of them.

To check the o-rings, use a screwdriver to remove the screw on top of the handles. There may be a decorative cap that you will need to remove first. Once the screw is removed, lift up the handles to find the washers. If the washers appear rough, you can replace them to see if the leaking stops.

If the aerator is not clogged and the o-rings are either not worn out or have been recently changed, it may be time to go ahead and replace your old kitchen faucet. If you are uncomfortable with or unable to do the job yourself, speak with a plumber to discuss your options for having them do the work for you. 

If you have additional questions about leaking faucets, reach out to a local plumbing contractor.