Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!
Forget long showers and lush landscapes -- while lingering in the shower or watering your lawn can certainly consume plenty of water, the easiest way to tackle water waste is to eliminate annoying leaks. That steady faucet drip or toilet that never stops running wastes way too much water -- around a trillion gallons a year in the U.S. alone. While anyone can call a plumber for help and pay to have these leaks fixed, you may be surprised to find out just how easy it is to fix some common leaks yourself, even if you have no plumbing experience at all. Read on to learn about 4 common culprits that you can fix in 5 minutes or less.
Replace Your Toilet Flapper
If your toilet seems to run constantly, or you find yourself jiggling the handle to stop the flow of water, you probably need a new toilet flapper. This simple device is made of rubber or a similar material, and can decay or suffer from mineral buildup over time. This causes tiny leaks and prevents the flapper from doing its job, which is to stop the flow of water into your toilet after each flush. Fortunately, this small device inside the toilet tank is very easy to replace, and many versions of the flapper require no tools at all, so you just pop them in and out by hand.
Fix Your Faucets
Tub and sink faucets are made from strong metals, but they contain a flexible gasket called an o-ring that wears out much more quickly than the surrounding metal. As this gasket wears out, the faucet can develop a steady drip or trickle that wastes water. To solve this problem, turn off the water supply, remove the handle from the faucet, and replace the worn o-ring with an identical model. The newer gasket will create a tighter seal, reducing or eliminating leaks.
Seal Your Shower Head
A steady shower drip wastes water and can create an annoying noise that's hard to ignore. To fix this, unscrew the shower head and seal the pipe threads where the head connects to the water supply. You can either wrap the threads 3 or 4 times in pipe tape or use a simple brush-on pipe sealer. While you have the head off, consider replacing the o-ring just like you would on a sink faucet.
Tighten Your Hose Bib
Tired of seeing water leaking from your hose bib? Try using a pair of pliers to tighten the packing nut. This is the nut that lies just behind the handle. If this doesn't eliminate the leak, you may have to replace this nut to stem the flow of water.
For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at Bowman's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.