Faucets are a key part of your home for an obvious reason: They dispense water. Therefore, keeping your faucets in working condition is of great importance. A number of things can go wrong with your faucets, from leaks to noise. Sometimes you’ll need to replace a faucet altogether to solve the problem.
A dripping faucet is the most common plumbing problem as well as one of the easiest to repair. Yet many people ignore it and leave the dripping faucet unrepaired. That costs money. A steady drip can waste $20 or more in water in a short time. Multiply that figure by the number of faucet drips in your home, and you can calculate how much of your money is literally going down the drain. The waste from a dripping hot water faucet is even more because you’re also paying to heat the water before it goes down the drain.
Most faucets need very limited amounts of maintenance on a day to day basis. Cleaning your faucet should require merely a damp cloth and mild soap, followed by drying your faucet with a soft cloth. This will retain the original shine and luster of your faucet. You may also use window cleaning products on your faucet; however, use of harsh and abrasive cleaners can damage your faucet’s finish. Always read the directions and warnings that are found on all cleaning products before use. Faucets that have a matte finish may need an added step of an aerosol or liquid furniture polish when being cleaned. Using furniture polish on your faucet renders a more uniform appearance, reduces variations, and protects the faucet from fingerprints due to the silicon oil found in the polish.
Many homeowners are faced with the challenges of having hard water, and this can be hard on your faucet. Higher mineral counts in hard water may often lead to mineral and lime deposits on your faucet or drain. These deposits may be removed with a window cleaner or mild abrasive cleaner, but with caution: avoid scrubbing with coarse sponges or bristly soap pads that can damage your faucet’s finish. More stubborn deposits may require a specialized cleaner. Specialized cleaners made particularly for these and other types of problems are often the optimal choice to preserve the beauty of your faucet. These cleaners are reasonably priced and well-worth the investment.
Most well-made faucets from leading manufacturers will provide you with high performance that requires very little maintenance. There are precautions that you can take with your faucet, however, to make sure that it functions at its best for the long run. For instance, tiny components in your faucet known as springs and seats may experience normal wear and tear and need to be replaced at some point during the life of your faucet. One tell-tale sign of this is a dripping faucet.