Plumbing Repair Tips and Information from Roto-Rooter
Are you a homeowner? Do you keep up with household repairs? Are DIY home improvement projects important to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are probably already doing all you can to take care of your property. Over time, if you take good care of a property, maintain it, do repairs, and improve it through DIY projects, you will eventually be able to sell it for considerably more money. Good plumbing is an extremely important factor that buyers look at when looking around in a local housing market. It is easy to overlook plumbing, as much of it is behind walls or beneath floors. But without regular maintenance, plumbing problems will start creeping up. Here at Roto-Rooter, we care about our customers and provide them with the knowledge they need to take care of their plumbing. Consider the following simple tips for performing your own minor plumbing repair in Denver.
- Leaky faucets are a common problem that most houses have to deal with. In fact, most drippy leaks are overlooked or even ignored.The problem with this is that water is extremely erosive. The erosion that takes place can completely ruin a faucet beyond repair if you let it go for too long. When the water starts dripping, the best way to stop the seeping water is to nip it in the bud right away. Luckily, it is a pretty simple repair to do and it is well worth your time. One leaky faucet can waste $20 of water a month or more! A couple of those on your hands and you are looking at a fairly substantial chunk of money going down the drain, literally, month after month.
- First, turn off the water valve underneath the sink. Next, loosen the nut holding the faucet in place with a wrench. Once you are able to completely remove it, take a look inside and you should find the sealant washer. This is responsible for regulating the flow of water, acting as a switch that dispenses water and seals it off. Over time, the washer gets damaged, bent, nicked, corroded or warped. If you replace the washer, your faucet should be back to normal with no problems.
- If you’re taking the time to take a faucet apart, you really should replace all of the seals and O-ring. Check online for a parts schematic then find out which local store stocks the parts for your faucet. Honestly, if one O-ring has failed, others will soon follow and who wants to tear a faucet apart more than once?
- Toilet leaks are another common problem. If you hear a toilet “running,” that means it’s leaking. Most leaks are caused by a worn flapper valve. Over time, the rubber becomes less pliable and therefore it stops forming a good seal, resulting in a leak. Turn off the water to the toilet, remove the old flapper (no tools are required). Then place the new one on the mounts. Turn on the water and test by flushing and listening.
For more information about plumbing repair in Denver, give Roto-Rooter a call today.