Faucet steam leaking due to lime/calcium buildup

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Old 01-25-14, 04:21 PM
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Faucet stem leaking due to lime/calcium buildup

Although this may be a quick fix, I haven't been able to find a quick answer.

I have a faucet stem that has progressively been building up what seems to be lime and calcium. It must've caused some sort of breaking in what I assume was sealant on the parts of the faucet that swivel and now water slowly but continuously leaks out of these two ringed areas and down the faucet.

The attached pictures show the two ringed areas where green colored buildup has caused this problem.
 
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Old 01-25-14, 05:33 PM
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Hello and welcome?

Are you on a well? Looks like PH issues...

The leak can be fixed by replacing the O rings after you remove the spout...

Need to get the model # of the faucet because they are not universal AFAIK..
 
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Hello lawrosa,

I don't believe I'm on a well. I unfortunately do not have the brand name for the faucet. Is this any other indicator?
 
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Old 01-26-14, 02:53 PM
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Could be that it was weeping slightly and that is calcium build up from your water being hard...

But when I see the blue green its often copper pipes eroding. When copper hits the air it turns that color... Like a penny...It oxidizes...
 
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So I need to take apart this faucet and replace plastic rings on the inside?
 
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Could I get a confirmation of what I'd need to do exactly?
 
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It's difficult to provide "exact" without knowing what faucet you have but yet, you should disassemble the faucet and replace the O rings. They are like round rubber bands that seal the moving spout. If you can't identify the brand and model of faucet it would be easiest to disassemble the faucet and take the old O rings to a plumbing supply or home center to look for a replacement. Before disassembling the faucet don't forget to turn the water off at the shutoff valves which you probably have in the vanity below the sink.
 
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Hey Pilot Dane. Thanks for the info.
 
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