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Repairing or replacing a leaky faucet can save hundreds of gallons per month. Faucet leaks commonly occur from worn parts or from loose water supply connections. Leaks may be obvious, such as a persistent drip, or more inconspicuous, such as a leak under the sink. While a persistent drip may be an annoyance, a hidden leak can cause water damage to walls if not identified early on. Either way, please do not ignore these leak signs!

Keep Your Faucet from Leaking While Delivering Maximum Performance

Check for leaks and provide regular maintenance, including:

  • Replacing worn fittings, washers and gaskets inside the faucet. Depending on the manufacturer many types of faucets require new o-rings, cartridges, or ceramic discs.
  • Tightening the water supply tubing at the fittings. Make sure the fittings are secured tightly at the wall and faucet. If this does not prevent more leaking, the water supply tubing may need to be replaced.
  • Removing the aerator and soaking it in vinegar to remove mineral buildup; recommended once a year.

Order the free Practical Plumbing Handbook

Plumbers HandbookFor more information on faucet replacement parts and detailed repair instructions, call (415) 551-3000 or email waterconservation@sfwater.org to order the Practical Plumbing Handbook – a do-it-yourself guide to water-saving plumbing fixture maintenance.

If you think you have a more serious leak or problem, please contact a plumbing professional. Or, if you’re a renter, be sure to report any suspected leaks to your landlord or property manager.

Free, Efficient Faucet Aerators

If you do not have aerators on your faucet, you may be using more water than you need! These small devices help make an existing faucet more efficient by adjusting the water flow. Aerators attach to the spout of the faucet and mix air and water to provide a smooth flow of water without sacrificing performance. We can provide customers with free efficient faucet aerators, available for pick-up at the customer service office or by participating in a free in-home Water Wise Evaluation.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has partnered with manufacturers to make it easier to identify water efficient fixtures and devices that meet performance standards. Look for products with the WaterSense ® logo at a hardware store near you to save money and water!

 

Last updated: 3/22/2012 11:41:18 AM