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Identifying a Faulty Cartridge Faucet

Your faucet cartridge is small, but mighty. This plastic piece works to turn your water on and off and controls the quantity of water flowing through your faucet. If anything breaks the seal on the cartridge, such as a torn O-ring or debris in the water lines, your faucet may start to drip.

Identifying A Faulty Faucet Cartridge

If your faucet is dripping after you’ve turned it off, you’ll want to check the faucet cartridge to see if it’s being affected by any debris, a worn out O-ring, or a loose seal. The sooner you identify the issue, the more money you’ll save and headaches you’ll skip.

How to check your leaking faucet catridge

Is your faucet dripping? Learn how to identify a leaking faucet cartridge.

  • Turn the the handle on your tap until you're sure its completely closed. If your tap has a hot and cold handle, make sure to check both.

  • After you've turned off the taps, you may see one or two final drips as the last of the water clears. If it continues dripping after that, you've got a leak.

If this isn’t your issue, consider other reasons for why your faucet is dripping.

What To Do If Your Faucet Cartridge Is Leaking

When you’ve determined the cartridge is at fault for your leaking faucet, it’s time to have it replaced. With some time and a few tools, you can fix the faucet cartridge yourself — and while you’re at it, check to see if the rubber O-ring needs replacement. If you’d like a helping hand, a Remote Assist technician would be more than happy to guide you through the process.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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