Down the drain

Leaking faucets and toilets are more than annoying. Small drips account for thousands of gallons of wasted water (read money) every year.

These leaks are usually easy to fix and could save you alot of money.

The mystery flush.

Usually caused by a leaking "flapper valve". When you flush your toilet a valve opens allowing water back into the tank. When the tank is full, a float shuts off the fill valve. If your flapper valve leaks, it is letting water escape from the tank into the bowl. This causes the fill valve to reopen causing what sounds like a flush when no one is in the room.

The remedy is simple. You can buy a new flapper valve at the Home Center and install it yourself for about $5.

Another common problem with toilets is a leaking fill valve. The symptoms are similar to the flapper leak except you wont get a mystery flush. you may still notice water running in your bowl as the water escapes the tank through the overflow drain.

Replacement fill valves can also be purchased at the Home Center for about $15.

Faucets usually leak due to a worn washer in the faucet. These can be a little more difficult to repair than toilets but can be handled by a relatively handy person without the expense of hiring a plumber. Once again the Home Centers carry rebuild kits for most faucets.

Stopping these leaks can be simple and will save money in these tough economic times.

If your not a big fan of sticking your hands in a toilet, we can make these repairs for you.

For more information give us a call. 586-709-4853