Many plumbing repair are can be performed on a do-it-yourself basis. But when is the time for a professional plumber call?
When you have a rapid supply line leak.
No water in your house.
Rapid drainage line leak.
You have a sewer line leak or gaseous odors.
Your water heater has a natural gas leak.
Pipe corrosion can be caused by a number of things, almost all of which are related to water quality, including:
Chemicals in the water.
The pH of the water.
The amount of oxygen in the water.
The temperature of the water.
The water pressure and the speed at which the water moves through the pipes.
The most common thing we find is corroded O-rings, gaskets or valve seats that cause faucets to leak. Together, these components are what hold back the water until the faucet is opened, so if one of them is corroded, you’ll get a leaky, dripping faucet! To stop a faucet leak, shut off the water to the sink and open the faucet to let the water drain out. Next, use an Allen key or screw driver to remove the faucet handle. If it has a nut holding the internal parts in place, check to see if that’s loose – tightening it with pliers may be enough to stop the leak! If not, remove the nut and disassemble the faucet (just make sure you can put it back together again!). If the faucet contains a cartridge, don’t take that apart – just replace it with a new one.
Inspect all the components of your faucet – you should see washers, O-rings or seals and possibly springs – and figure out exactly what you need to replace. Find the precise parts at a hardware store and put the faucet back together. If all goes well, your faucet should be back to normal. If not, call Clean Line Plumbing for faucet repair!
A single drop from once faucet may not seem like a lot. In fact, it takes 15,140 drops to equal a single gallon. But think about it this way:
+ If you have one faucet that leaks 10 times a minute, that’s 14,400 drips per day – 347 gallons per year from a single faucet!
+ Multiply that by three faucets and it’s over 1,000 gallons!
If you want to figure out how much your faucet is leaking, count how many times it drips in a minute. Once you figure that out, you can figure out how many times it drips per hour – number of drips x 60 – or per day – drips x 1440. From there, you can divide the total number of drips into 15,140 to get the number of gallons you could save by calling Len The Plumber for faucet repair!