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Old 11-17-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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Hi,
The faucet in my downstairs bathroom is dripping. It stopped when I turned the hot water off, so I will just use the cold for now.

The sink and faucet are fairly old. Should I just replace the faucet? Also the sink now has a water stain as it is evident the leak has been occurring prior to my ownership. Any way to remove the stain?

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Old 11-17-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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depends on the brand and age of faucet, some pics would help.
It may just need a rubber washer and cost less than a buck.

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I just change the whole thing. Do not cheap out or it's just going to leak again soon.
Do not pick one with the chrome plated plastic base.
Unless we know what the stain looks like it's hard to say.
If it's brown it's iron in the water.
If it's old steel pipes only thing that going to fix it is to replace the old pipes with PEX, copper, or CPVC.
If it's copper pipes them you may need a water softner. Only way to find out is have the water tested.
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Should be able to fix that one, it's not that old.
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But it may have a "leaking history" as it has not leaked since I've owned the home in the last 3 years. The stain in the sink appears to be a permanent stain.
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I'd try some toothpaste on a rag and some serious elbow grease on that stain first. Or possibly some comet, or something with a little abrasive on it. Barkeepers friend is also a good product, and it's cheap. I don't recognize the make of the faucet, but i agree with Joe-it's not that old. I'd take it apart and see what's wrong. Could be just a simple fix. While you're at it, i'd fix both hot and cold. If one is leaking, it likely won't be long till the other will also.

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Unless you're dying for a new faucet, chances are just replacing the gasket inside will fix the leak. If it comes back / doesn't fix, then think about replacing, but... it's really simple to take off the stem and pop a new gasket in.
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Thanks guys. I will tackle the sink next weekend. I'm going to try the bleach/baking soda suggestion that might do the trick. I would like a new faucet this one has stains and is hard to clean, but right now I'd rather put my money elsewhere.
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Thanks guys. I will tackle the sink next weekend. I'm going to try the bleach/baking soda suggestion that might do the trick. I would like a new faucet this one has stains and is hard to clean, but right now I'd rather put my money elsewhere.
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Thanks guys. I will tackle the sink next weekend. I'm going to try the bleach/baking soda suggestion that might do the trick. I would like a new faucet this one has stains and is hard to clean, but right now I'd rather put my money elsewhere.

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