In general, a faucet can have a number of problems. They are:
- A leaky faucet (one of the most common plumbing problems)
- Low water pressure coming out of the faucet
- No water coming out of the faucet
- Rust and stains on or inside the faucet
- A noisy faucet
Any of these problems are best fixed by a professional rather than as a do-it-yourself job. They certainly cannot be let go for very long. Small problems have a tendency to become bigger problems over time.
For example, a leaky faucet is going to bump up your water bill, given time, which is bad for both your wallet and the environment. Fortunately, a leak is one of the easiest plumbing problems to fix.
Low water pressure coming out of the faucet can be a minor issue of a clogged aerator around the opening or something wrong with the pipes behind the faucet. You need to call in a plumber, especially if the latter is the root cause of the problem.
No water coming out of the faucet can be a sign of a serious issue. The faucet itself may have something wrong with it or the blockage may reside in the pipes.
Rust and stains in and on the faucet are generally caused by hard water, with the accumulation of minerals and other contaminants. The contamination could affect the quality of your drinking water. You could clean the faucet as a short-term solution but the installation of a water softening or filtration device may prove to be a permanent fix.
Finally, a noisy faucet can be the most alarming problem of them all, and for good reason. A noise coming out of the faucet could indicate a problem with the pipes and will need the immediate attention of a professional plumber.