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Cut out leaks by replacing these wearable parts

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Leaks contribute significantly to unnecessary water usage in U.S. homes and businesses. The EPA estimates that leaks can account for more than 6 percent of a commercial facility’s total water use. A single faucet dripping at a rate of one drip per second can waste 3,000 gallons of water every year.

Fix A Leak Week encourages users to find and fix those leaks to keep them from sending precious water and financial resources down the drain.

Diagnosing and repairing leaky plumbing is often a simple — and inexpensive — undertaking. Most leaks are quickly traced to wear and tear on soft parts like gaskets and o-rings.

In faucets using Eterna compression cartridges, identify the following leak locations to find and replace the appropriate wearable parts.

A. Outlet: Replace the seat washer and the bottom gasket in the cartridge

B. Handle: Replace the packing nut

C. Base of the bonnet: Replace the top gasket

D. Nozzle base: Replace the swivel o-ring