How to stop a leaky faucet before it starts leaking?
Usually, the cause of a leaky faucet is a faulty washer. Washers may be replaced time and time again and still not fit properly to stop the leak. That's why the best solution is a preventative one: buy and install a washerless or cartridge-based faucet in the first place. With these faucets, you don't need to worry about replacing worn-out or ill-fitting washers. Their advanced, one-piece construction means greater reliability and better performance. Moen understands this, so you will only find washerless faucets sold by Moen.
A Cartridge Faucet Offers Other Advantages
The washerless cartridge faucet eliminates the leaks associated with washers. It also features a one-piece, self-contained assembly. Fewer parts mean that there are fewer things to go wrong. Replacement with the cartridge is easy - just take out the old and drop in the new without the hassles of many complicated components.
Will any new faucet fit my existing sink?
Standard size sink and faucet dimensions are used throughout the plumbing industry, which should make your job of finding a new faucet easier. Most faucet manufacturers offer a wide selection of faucets for any bath setting. To determine what type of faucet you need in the bath, the faucet is typically set in either 4" or 8" width configurations. In the 4" set you can have a centerset or mini widespread setup; if it's 8" or more, it is known as a widespread set. When you choose your new faucet, you can change styles, but will have to stay with the same size, or replace the sink if you want to switch.
Will my existing water supply lines fit a new faucet?
The first thing you need to determine is the size and type of water supply lines you currently have. Water supply lines can vary, but the most common sizes are 3/8" and 1/2". Supply hook-ups also vary but typically are made of flexible plastic, standard copper, flexible braided and corrugated copper. The best thing to do once you find out which size and type of line you have is to shut off the water and bring in the pieces to your local hardware or DIY store to find the faucet that will work best with your particular configuration.