Common sources show that 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted in the US alone, so that’s about 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and this is because of toilet leaks, dripping faucets and leaking valves — something that your friendly Lee’s Summit plumber can fix for you.
If you google questions such as “how do I change the toilet valve?” and “how do I fix a leaky faucet?” you’ll get a whole lot of posts and videos that you might consider fixing the issue yourself. After all, anyone can do it, right? It doesn’t look intimidating at first, correct? However, bear in mind that there’s a huge chance of it not being fixed at all. The ending would be you spending so much money, wasted time and an unfixed leak.
Here’s a word of advice, before you attempt to fix any faulty plumbing fixture you have, arm yourself with the right equipment and knowledge to address the issue. There are a lot of available resources these days, Youtube videos, self-help books and blog posts. All of which have enough information on how you can fix a plumbing fixture without spending so much on professional services. However, bear in mind that it might take you a while to master plumbing and it’s wise to get a professional to fix the issue for you.
Oftentimes, a leaky faucet is caused by a bad washer. This is often located at the end of the spout, the one that connects the faucet to the pipe itself. Check if this is the one that’s causing the problem, and if it really is, remove it using a pipe wrench. Replace the washer and as you do, ensure that it fits snugly. In replacing the pipes, have a pipe sealant in place to put the pipe fittings together to prevent any form of leakage in the coming days, weeks or months.
When these pipes are placed together, wrap it with sealing tape for added protection. Test the faucet once done. If you see any sign of leak or any form of obstruction, remove and fix it again. Do the process while the sealant is still wet.
In fixing any plumbing fixture, remember that you must have the appropriate tools because if not, it would cause more damage than good.