How to Fix Leaky Fixtures

How to Fix Leaky Fixtures

Whether it’s the toilet or your sink, having a leaky fixture can become a common issue that you’d just rather ignore. But after a few days of enduring that incessant dripping or running sound, getting it fixed couldn’t end up higher on your To Do list than just about anything. If you’ve got some drips you need to get fixed, here’s how to go about it.

 

Faucets

If any of your taps begin to drip no matter how tightly you turn them off, it could mean they’re in need of new seat washers. In order to do this you will need to pry off the cap and remove the screw that’s located on the handle. The handle will then need to be removed using a wrench in order to unscrew the packing nut. Once that’s done, unscrew the stem that’s showing and replace the seat washer.

 

Toilets

When it comes to your toilet, it can be difficult to identify exactly what’s wrong. But if you have a potential leak or clog, you can simply remove the lid from the tank and pull up the float or close the flapper. These actions can help to prevent water from overflowing. And before you begin any repairs, always ensure the water is shut off, or you at least have access to the valve and know where it is.

 

Dishwasher

Dishwashers utilize a lot of water pressure each time they are used. So it’s not exactly surprising if they happen to spring a leak during their life span. Since the dishwasher is generally connected to the main drain, check under the sink to look for any signs of dripping along the hose. Take a look to at the bottom of the dishwasher to see if there’s any sign of standing water. It could require a repair to the hose or an entire replacement.

Leaky faucets are a nuisance. Depending on the circumstances, many of these repairs can be carried out by yourself if you know what you’re doing. But if the problem is serious or complicated in any way, such as with the toilet or your dishwasher, your best option would be to call in a plumber.

If you don’t feel like taking on your dishwasher or toilet, call a licensed plumber to handle the job so you can sit back and relax, stress free. It’s also a smart idea to have each of these items installed by a professional in the first place. That way you can be sure they’re done correctly so that you can minimize the potential of having to deal with any these issues in the future.

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