We compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions by customers to our service technicians regarding Do It Yourself leak checks, faucet repair, and determining when it’s time to call in a professional plumber.
How do I check for a leak?
If you suspect you may have a leak in your home plumbing, it is best to investigate the issue when no water is being used for at least two hours. When no one else is in the home, or after your family is sleeping, check the level on your water meter outside. After waiting a few hours, and ensuring that no water has been used in the home, check the meter again. If the level has changed, unfortunately there is a leak. Call in a professional plumber to locate and fix the issue as soon as possible.
I have a leaky faucet; do I repair or replace it?
Do It Yourself faucet repair is an excellent option if the faucet is in newer condition. If the faucet is older, finding replacement parts may be a challenge. If the leak is caused by corrosion, then complete faucet replacement will be a more cost effective option.
What causes a faucet leak?
A faucet has three parts that commonly cause most leaks. A corroded valve seat, O-rings, or gaskets are the most common reasons behind a leaky faucet. All three components work together in the faucet to keep the water back until you open the faucet. If any one of these is faulty or worn out, a dripping or leaky faucet is the result.
How do I fix a leaky or dripping faucet?
First, shut off the sink’s water valve. Next, open the faucet to allow water to drain. Then, using either a screwdriver or an Allen wrench, remove the handle of the faucet. Remember to keep all parts that are removed in one place to make reassembling easier. If the faucet has a nut holding the parts in place, try tightening the nut. If this doesn’t solve the problem, then disassemble the faucet by removing the nut. If your faucet has a cartridge, replace with a new cartridge. After inspecting the interior faucet’s contents- springs, seals, washers, and O-rings- determine which parts need to be replaced and head to the hardware store. Bring the faulty components to make finding exact replacements easier. Once replacements are found, reassemble the faucet. Your faucet should now function normally with new parts. If the problem persists, call in an expert to fix the leak.
Should I be concerned about hidden leaks?
Considering leaks grow larger over time, timely detection and repair will save homeowners from significant damage. These include reduction, or elimination, of the following:
● Structural weakening
● Irreparable finish damage to drywall, plaster, paint or wallpaper
● Costly emergency repairs
● Risk of mold growing
● Risk of water meeting electricity in the walls
Preventive plumbing maintenance, such as immediate leak reparation, is more practical and cost efficient than corroded pipe replacement.
How much water is wasted from a dripping faucet?
A single dripping faucet may seem, at first glace, like a small issue. But considering 15,000 drops of water make a gallon of water, the small drips can turn into a big issue.
A single faucet dripping at a rate of 10 drops per minute wastes
● 14,400 drops per day
● 347 gallons per year
Nearly a gallon of wasted water a day can add up quickly. The sooner the drip is repaired, the higher your savings will be.
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