One of the most annoying things to a homeowner are those pesky drips and leaks that happen from time to time. They can be expensive to fix if you have to call someone for plumbing repairs, but they can be an easy fix if you know what to look for yourself. If not repaired promptly,Â they will cause more damage and lead to more costs down the road. Leaks can also drive up your utility bill, especially a hot water leak that causes your hot water heater to operate more than it should. We all know that the more your hot water heater runs, the higher your utility bill will be. Take a look around your home and inspect all your water sources to make sure these leaks are not a problem, and make the plumbing repairs necessary to save your money.
- Cut-off valves:
At each place that water is supplied to your fixtures, such as bathroom faucets or toilets, there should be a valve coming from the wall. This is your cut-off valve (also called shut-off valve). It will cut off the water supply to your plumbing fixture in the event that you have to replace the fixture. If you have a leak at this point, you should cut off your main water source and replace your valve.
- Leaky faucets or kitchen sinks:
This can be an easy fix if you know what to look for. This leak is often caused by worn washers that are inside your faucet. To check, turn off your cut-off valve, then remove the knobs on your faucet. (Look at the knobs to determine how to remove them.) After you remove the knobs, you will see a valve seat. You will see a part of the valve seat that looks similar to a nutâ€”where you can place a wrench. Use a wrench to loosen the valve and remove it. Some valves have a rubber seal at the bottom. This seal may be worn and need to be replaced. Your valve may have a rubber O-ring instead; this also needs to be replaced. These worn seals and O-rings will allow water to pass through and cause your faucet to drip. This is a simple plumbing repair that will save you money and trouble down the road.
- Bathroom commode:
Listen to the tank on the back of your toilet to see if it is always running. If it doesnâ€™t shut off after each flush, you need to replace the insides of your tank. This is easier to accomplish than you might think. You can go to your local hardware store and purchase a kit that contains all of the parts needed to replace the insides of your toilet. Before you make any repairs to your toilet, be sure to turn the shut-off valve off.
- Supply lines:
Supply lines are located between the shut-off valve and your plumbing fixture. The ends that are attached to the cut-off valve of your fixture will often develop a leak. Usually the rubber seal at the end of the supply line is worn. These lines can easily be replaced with the use of a wrench.
These are just a few things to check out if you do have an annoying leak. You can perform these simple plumbing repairs yourself and save!Â However, if you do not have the time to accomplish these tasks, you can contact your local plumber, and he will be more than happy to take care of the problem for you.