Replace A Leaking Faucet
LESLIE: Rich in Rhode Island is dealing with a drippy faucet. It sounds like it’s driving you crazy. What’s going on?
RICH: Well, the faucet in my bathroom, whenever I turn it off – it’s only the hot side – it drips. Whenever I turn it off, I have to turn it off a little bit extra but it’ll eventually, maybe an hour later, start dripping again. So when I go check it, I have to – it seems like it backs off.
RICH: I have taken it apart; I have looked at everything and it just won’t stop dripping.
TOM: Did you replace the valve seat?
RICH: The valve seat was – I had – my brother-in-law is a plumber and he looked at everything.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah.
RICH: He said everything seems OK but the thing is I live in a complex and I don’t know what kind of faucet it is to replace certain parts.
TOM: The proof is in the pudding; it might look OK but it’s leaking. I would just replace the faucet. You know, I hate to say it but they’re somewhat disposable these days.
TOM: Plus, the new faucets are much more water-efficient. When you go to replace it, you want to look for one that’s marked WaterSense. That’s the EPA’s program; it’s similar to Energy Star but it’s only put on faucets that are – that qualify for WaterSense certification. So you’ll get a good-quality faucet that doesn’t use as much water and it’ll work better.
RICH: OK. Alright. I appreciate it, man. You guys are awesome. Thank you.
TOM: OK, Rich. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.