I've read SO many posts and comments concerning people having issues withleaks after attaching new faucets, shower heads, and the like, that I have
to write something on this subject.
In my experience, it’s a simple matter of correct washer placement, as well
as not forgetting the crucial “plumbers tape” that so many decide they can
do without. For those that prefer to just screw the replacement on, those
leaks are the direct result, but can be so easily avoided by following a
few easy steps. Tape it, tape it, and then tape it!
For the purpose of this post I want to give a couple examples of what you
can do to seal up those leaky faucets and get those jobs done the right way
to begin with, as well as help save a small fortune on your water bill - as
even a *slowly* leaking faucet can waste 8 or more gallons a *day* and end
up costing a substantial amount of extra money on your water bill.
Taping the threads of your new attachment is paramount. You can use many
varieties of “tapes” to seal your faucets and shower heads, and it doesn’t
have to be the actual tape used for this purpose. Although a quick trip to
a local hardware store or even a Walmart, to obtain the inexpensive
plumber’s tape would be ideal, you can actually use anything from masking
tape to electrical tape if need be.
The important thing when using tape to seal your faucets is to make sure
you wrap the tape, whichever one you choose, in manner that will cause the
tape to tighten as you twist the faucet into place, not going against the
flow of the tape, but along with it, thereby causing it to seal much better
and avoid those pesky leaks to begin with.