Monthly Archives: November 2016

How To Fix A Leaky Faucet

It’s just about time you learn how to fix a leaky faucet if you constantly experience having to wake up in the middle of the night to the irritating noise of drip, drip, drip from a leaky faucet. By doing so, you will eliminate the need for a plumber, and consequently, high plumbing costs. And of course, the best part is, no more sleepless nights.

You might think you really need a plumber to fix a leaky faucet. But no, you can do it by yourself! And with these simple and easy to follow steps, you will never have to dial a plumber again.

Shoutout to Josh at madisonplumberswi.com for hooking us up with some great info.

Here are just some of the basic materials and tools you will need:

– Screwdriver – Washers

Before You Start

1. Look under your sink and search for a shutoff valve. Turn its handles counter-clockwise (off) to switch off the water supply. Remember the saying “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey”. This will guide you in switching your water supply on and off.

2. Keep an assortment of replacement parts at hand. This includes washers, O-rings, and etc.

3. Plug down the drain, to make sure that no small parts like screws or washers go down the drain.

4. As you work, keep in mind the exact order of the parts from the moment it was taken apart and line them up. This will serve as a guide when it’s time to reassemble it, so you wouldn’t have a hard time tracing what goes in first.

Begin Working!

1. As your first step, take the faucet handles off. Use your screwdriver to remove the screws that are holding them on. Afterwards, you can pry the handles open using a flathead screwdriver.

2. Faucet handles removed, you may now proceed to removing the old washer located behind the handle. If no washer is present, then don’t fret. Buy one and use it later on.

3. With the new washer that you just bought, replace the old washer. Put it where the old washer used to be. Keep in mind that the hole in the washer must be just a little bit bigger than the post where the handle turns.

4. Reassemble the faucet. Put the handle back on to its post and screw it in. Make sure that you do not tighten it too much, as this can damage brass fittings. Just keep it hand-tight.

5. Test it. Turn your water on by turning the handles of your shut-off valve clockwise or to the left.

6. By this time, your faucets shouldn’t be leaking. If it still does though, you could choose to repeat the whole process or resolve to tighten the screws just a little bit more. If that still doesn’t work, give up and call a plumber. Hey, at least you tried.

Guidelines on How to Replace a Bathroom Faucet

Maintaining a home over a long period of time will include replacing old or worn out devices and fixtures. The bathroom is one room where things will often need to be fixed or replaced. For instance, one common problem most homeowners will have to deal with is a leaky faucet. In such cases, it may just be a damaged or worn washer that needs to be replaced. However, the problem could be more serious and require the replacement of the faucet. As well, many homeowners will have their bathrooms faucets replaced if they are renovating the bathroom. If you have a basic bathroom set up, you can likely do the replacement yourself. However, if there is much serious damage or the replacement job seems like it will be quite difficult, it is wise to use the services of a plumber who can replace the faucet in an efficient manner.

For easy bathroom faucet replacement jobs, below are general guidelines on how to replace a bathroom faucet:

1. Before you do anything, you need to turn off the water supply so that water does not spill out all over the floor. There should be a shut off valve on the on the pipes under the sink. You can also shut off the main water valve normally found in the basement or at the water meter if you do not have a shut off valve.

2. You will now need to remove the faucet. First, remove the nuts and washers from the faucet. You will need a wrench to remove the nuts. Once removed, gently pull out the old faucet and pipes from the sink. Check the pipes to see if they are still in good shape. If there is any damage such as cracks, you will have to get them replaced which is a job best left for a plumber.

3. Once everything is removed and all of the lines have been thoroughly checked over, you can clean up any gunk and dirt around the area of installation so the faucet installed will be a secure and tight fit. Make sure everything is dry before you install the new faucet.

4. Place the new faucet in the spot where the old faucet had been located. Securely position the faucet end in the hole using the nuts and washers that came with the faucet, use a wrench to secure and tighten them in place. Once tight, apply caulking to seal the areas.

5. Once the faucet is secure and in the right position, you can attach the water pipe and drain. Once everything is in place and tight, you can run water through to check for leaks. A proper installation will mean there is nor leaks.

When installing a new faucet, it is important to make sure you have enough room to work and that you have enough light to see what you are doing. You can purchase a faucet kit with easy to follow directions at any home building store or hardware store. Cracked or broken pipes should always be replaced or fixed and when using copper extensions do not twist it if using chrome, do not bend it.

Whether you are replacing your faucets because you want to upgrade when renovating or the faucet is broken or old, when you are careful and understand the process of installing a faucet you neither should nor encounter any problems. If you are unsure if you can do the replacement or you do have problem, it is wise to call a plumber as he or she can provide professional assistance or do the job to ensure the project gets done properly.

 

Published: November 9, 2016

How To Properly Maintain A Garbage Disposal

The other day my fiance and I had a couple friends over and we were having a good time watching the football game. Before the game, we decided that we wanted to make some good food can so we put out a veggie platter to serve our guests. We had an array of carrots, celery, mushrooms, green peppers, and everything else you could want. While cleaning up, my fiance decided it would be a good idea and put the celery root into the garbage disposal.

Our garbage disposal is pretty powerful at 5 horsepower so we thought that it would be no big deal. Boy were we wrong. What ended up happening is the base of the celery got caught in between the shears of the garbage disposal and the unit itself.

Every time that we turned on our kitchen sink the garbage disposal began to leak. This is when we knew we had a serious problem. Here’s some tips to help you maintain your garbage disposal so it continues to run just like brand new.

Tip Number 1

Never, never, never, never, ever, ever, ever, ever, put anything hard into the garbage disposal. This results in wearing down the garbage disposal teeth and damaging your unit.The problem is because hard things are not made to be put in a garbage disposal. Some hard things include coffee grinds, popcorn kernels, sand and much more.

Tip Number 2

Never put oil or grease down your garbage disposal. Guess what happens when you put oil and grease down your garbage disposal? It will harden. Guess what happens when hardens? The oil and grease well then coat the mechanisms which will make your garbage disposal run incorrectly. do that.

Tip Number 3

Don’t put in stringy things into the garbage disposal. The strings will wrap around the mechanisms which will make your garbage disposal overheat. Once the garbage disposal struggles too hard, it will burn out. Once it burns out, you have to buy a new garbage disposal and that ain’t fun. Do whatever you can to avoid putting stringy things down the sink.

Tip Number 4

Run cold water when you’re disposing of anything in your garbage disposal. Run that water for a minute to 2 minutes to help clear the drain. By doing this what you’re doing is helping the motor avoid overheating and it will also¬†move around any of the particles and debris that you’re trying to get rid of. That’s some good stuff, Maynard.

BONUS PRO TIP NUMBER 5

You ever hear of that trick where you can put ice cubes down the garbage disposal to protect it? Guess what? You can make that even better.

Next time you’re cleaning your garbage disposal from foul odors or leftover particles throw two cups of ice into the garbage disposal along with a tablespoon of baking powder in a teaspoon of dishwasher soap. Turn that mofo on, whip up a little bit, into that bad boy jingle, enjoy the awesomeness that you just created. Now that’s a clean garbage disposal

By doing these badass things for your garbage disposal, you really protecting your wallet later down the line. Remember that a garbage disposal should only be used to dispose of food. Don’t be putting the trash in it, don’t be putting rocks in it, don’t be putting bones in it, and don’t do anything that your mom wouldn’t tell you to do. By following proper garbage disposal routines you make sure that your garbage disposal will be running just like new for a very long time.

Published: November 5, 2016

Routine Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Plumbing problems can come out of nowhere. Often times you go to take a hot shower or wash your hands and almost immediately you find a problem with a leak in the pipes. Throughout this blog post we’re going to explore some common maintenance routines that will help you keep your plumbing running a new condition.

Tip Number 1

If you see a leak fix it immediately. Anytime that you feel like it can and will get worse 100% of the time. If you let a leak continue to leak those problems will cause water damage and will only put added stress on the plumbing. Pro tip: Always check the faucets to make sure they are on the off position when determining what the source is

Tip Number 2

Unclog your drains. If you notice that water is starting to pool at the start of the drain it’s time to get in there and unclog it. Often times you can manually unscrew the drain cap and remove any debris in the way. If that is not enough, try using over-the-counter drain cleaners such as Drain-O. In extreme cases, cases involving human hair, you can use hyaluronic acid.

Tip Number 3

Check out what the heck is going on with those pipes. You should routinely inspect all the plumbing and pipes in your home to check for leaks typical signs include pooling of water, mold and mildew, in water stains. Common places that you will see problems are underneath water heaters and any appliance that has water running through it

Tip Number 4

Toilets are very common household plumbing problem. You should always check the seals and make sure that there aren’t any leaks. Also, mechanisms on the inside of the toilet can become a real hassle. Be sure to routinely inspect these.

Tip Number 5

Always know the chemicals that you are using on your drains. This includes common household cleaners, drain unclogging agents, and any other chemicals that on your appliances. What most people don’t know is that overtime many chemicals can damage the plumbing in your home. It is critically important that you read the labels and do your research to make sure that these chemicals are not damaging your plumbing.

Tip Number 6

Keep an eye on how much water pressure is coming through your pipes. It seems like your water pressure has gotten weaker over time it’s time to get a gauge and determine what the issue is. If you cannot determine what the issue is it may be best to call a plumber.

Tip Number 7

remember your ABCs. Always be checking for possible sediment buildups. Any time that you see soap scum or rust, what you’re actually seeing is a potential plumbing nightmare. The second that you see the sediment build-up, you need to take care of it. Failure to remove this sediment can result and a very costly plumbing bill.

Tip Number 8

Routinely and regularly inspect in check on your hot water heater. Hot water heaters are also known as boilers. Once every 6 months, you should drain your hot water heater and inspect for any potential problems. I doing this you’re doing yourself a huge favor later down the road.

Tip Number 9

Check all of the hoses in your house for any cracks, stiffness, or brittleness. Cracks and stiffness are a sign that they have already broken or could break soon. Brittleness is a very common occurrence and hoses that have been worn over time and deal with fluctuating temperatures. If you notice any brittleness you should call a plumber or replace it yourself immediately.

By routinely checking on your plumbing and pipes you can avoid extreme problems in the future. Often times if you catch a problem in the early stages, you can fix it for a fraction of what the cost would be otherwise. It’s always recommended that you do your plumbing repairs yourself if you are comfortable and know what you’re doing. For jobs that you do not know how to do, it’s best to leave those to the experts in that case you may want to look at hiring a plumber.

Published: November 5, 2016