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Most faucets generally last for 15-20years.  One of the most common signs that it’s time to replace your faucet is when it doesn’t perform as well as it should or needs constant repairs to function . Most people only pay attention to their faucets when they build up rust, (valve seat rusts causing leaks) or has low water pressure. 

Internal Cleaning & External: BAKING SODA

Isolate the shut off valve before dissembling the faucet from the sink and pipe using the correct tools. Keep the faucet open and turn it upside down and add the baking soda in its interior and exterior. You can use a small brush to brush off the corrosion, then rinse with clean water and reassemble when done.


This method is a good solution to remove rust from the exterior of a faucet. Use warm water or a clean cloth to remove rust build up. In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of salt with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix to a paste and apply evenly on the rusty parts. Leave paste on for 30 minutes. Wipe off with a clean cloth.


Vinegar is a very potent cleaning agent. Use a clean cloth and apply only to the exterior rusty areas as needed. Rinse with water, then dry.

Replace the entire faucet:

Most people may find the preventative and cleaning methods a bit of a challenge. You may just not have the time. In this case, replacing the faucets may prove to be the best solution. You can purchase the faucets and replace them on your own if you have DIY savvy skills, tools and the time or instead have an expert plumber do it; a Smart plumber that is!

NOTE: Make sure not to use hard detergents or wire brushes while cleaning faucets. This can scratch and damage your faucets which can lead to corrosion.

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