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Repair or Replace Your Faucet? That Is The Question

A leaky faucet is the most common household plumbing problem. A house call by a professional plumber is always a good option, but at times it might make sense to try and fix it yourself.

The best advice your local Seattle plumber Mr. Rooter has to offer is that you may spend more time finding the correct parts than working on the faucet. To prevent multiple shopping trips, remove the worn parts - perhaps even the whole faucet - and take them with you to the store, says Mr. Rooter.

Mr. Rooter Tip of the Week

Tip #1 If your faucet has a brand name inscribed on its body, look for a repair kit to match. Otherwise dismantle the faucet to find out its type.

Tip #2 In some cases only inexpensive O-rings and washers are needed. Other times a main part - a cartridge, stem, or ball, for instance - needs to be replaced.

Tip #3 Usually replacing the inner workings results in a faucet that works as smoothly and is as durable as a new faucet.

PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: If parts are hard to find or expensive, or if the faucet is unattractive, you may be better off replacing the whole faucet rather than repairing it. This will depend on the type and age of the faucet, replacing may take less time.