Leaky Faucet Problems: How to Fix Leaks

A leaky faucet can be an unnecessary cause of annoyance and frustration. It is incessant, it represents a problem that will probably only grow worse, and it can cost you money on your water bill. However, water leaks are capable of producing much more than a little puddle. The National Sanitation Foundation reports that a faucet that leaks as slowly as one drip a second wastes as much as 2,000 gallons a year in water and cause damage to your sink basin. Ignoring a faulty faucet can turn a simple repair of $200 into a $1,000 plumbing replacement project. These moist environments provide the perfect breeding ground for mold spores, which can cause allergies and other health issues. The key to a successful repair begins with identifying which type of faucet you have, then gathering the right tools, equipment and parts. Most plumbers will be happy to walk you through a simple faucet repair on the phone, giving you basic guidelines and outlining the tools and parts you'll need to get the job done right. Unfortunately, DIY repairs are not always going to solve all your plumbing problems. There are times when it is just not cost-effective to repair a faucet.

Toilets: Clogged Pipes and Too Much Water Usage

Do not flush Q-tips down the toilet. This also applies to cotton balls and cotton swabs. You'll notice after it's too late, and the toilet seems slow flushing; but by then the whole trap system will be completely clogged with solids. Every flush uses, on average, 1.6 gallons of water to dispose of the waste. Aging toilets are water guzzlers, with many models using more than three gallons of water per flush. You will save between 11,000 and 35,000 gallons of water per year just by upgrading your toilet. Now, consider that low flow toilets use on average 1.6 gallons per flush and there are even some models that use as little as 1.2 gallons per flush. A pressurized cylinder inside the toilet tank cuts water usage by putting a small amount of flush water under pressure—either from compressed air or from the house supply line's water pressure. In some areas, it is required code for you to install a back-flow prevention device. If you're connecting a new toilet to an existing stack, you only need to install the waste and supply lines. This eliminates the potential for untreated rain water to enter into your home's potable water supply. Special requirements, disposal of the old fixture and the difference between a simple, no-frills toilet and a majestic, high-tech throne will largely determine the overall cost of your toilet replacement or installation project. For bathroom plumbing installations and restorations, it is truly worth hiring a licensed plumber who will know how to install a toilet (or replace one), and if required, relocate the water supply and drain lines.

Replacing a Sink and Fixing Basin P-Traps

When shopping for a sink, keep in mind that lower-gauge stainless steel makes for a better quality sink. The sinks in your kitchen and bathroom connect to the main water supply that feeds your home. The main water supply also connects to the drain-waste-vent (DWV) system in your home. If a sink is being installed in a new position, you will need to reroute water supply and drainage pipes. In a sink the most commonly installed trap is a P-trap. Tea leaves are notorious for becoming trapped in the P-trap or S-bend piping of your kitchen sink plumbing. Essentially all basins require a P-Trap system for proper and safe use. Needless to say, a plumbing fixture this important deserves the best service quality available. Though the nature of damage and repairs influence overall costs, repair rates average $136 for metal sinks versus $118 for fiberglass, $152 for porcelain, $147 for tile, $191 for natural stone and $188 for cast iron basins. If you want your sink plumbing installation done right the first time, then you need to hire a professional plumber.