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Smaller repairs are ok to do, but don’t talk the larger issues by yourself.

If you have replaced the washer in a leaky tap but it continues to drip,look at the valve seat for signs of wear–scratches, pits or an irregular surface. Employ a flashlight to illuminate the interior of the tap and, as a further check, runt the top of a finger around the edge of the seat.


Most faucet seats are remove able, and it is better to replace a damaged seat than to try to smooth a worn one. Employing a seat wrench, turn the seat counterclockwise and lift it out. Take it to your plumbing supply store to get a precise duplicate. Lubricate the exterior of the replacement with a pipe-joint compound, push it firmly into the seat wrench and screw it into the faucet body.

If a worn valve seat can’t be removed–it might be built into the faucet–its surface must be ground smooth with a valve-seat dresser. Use the largest cutter that fits the tap body. Screw on a guide disk that just fits the valve-seat hole. Slide the cone down nicely into the threads of the tap body. Pressing down gently, turn the handle clockwise several times. Take away the filings with a humid cloth.

The most trustworthy method you can use for sealing a faucet stem is replacing the packing washer. A dribble round the stem of a tap when the water is running can frequently be stopped simply by tightening the packing nut–but don’t over tighten it. If the stem leak continues, the packing should be replenished. Packing comes either as graphite washers or as self-forming packing, a graphite impregnated twine. Some modern faucets use O-rings or cork gaskets for packing.

To replace a packing washer, remove the handle and packing nut, clean out the old packing and slip on the new. For an old tap that used self-forming packing, you can find a pre-made packing washer that fits. Push the packing washer onto the stem so far as it’ll go, and screw the nut over it, turning it clockwise.

Call Lightfoot Plumbing, It’s A Smart Choice

Most owners who have resided in their house for over some years develop the basic plumbing and repair skills important to look after tiny maintenance jobs. If the john clogs or a tiny leak develops in a pipe, you’ll take pride in your capability to fix things without help from a professional plumber. And that is’s a good thing, too ; by looking after your own small plumbing repairs, you save your folks hundreds of greenbacks, add to the cost of your home, and get a feeling of satisfaction in knowing that you can maintain your own home.


While completing your own repairs could be a smart idea for little plumbing Problems, it can actually turn out to be a particularly bad thing to try on major, significant upkeep jobs in your home. Take, for example, replacing a hot water heater. While some homeowners might have the experience to do this themselves, the overwhelming majority should only depend on a professional plumber to take care of a job this big. For time consuming, in-depth plumbing repair jobs, making an attempt to teach yourself just to save a couple of bucks could actually finish up costing you more in the future.

The most perilous situation that would arise from attempting your own big plumbing projects is a probability of physically injuring yourself or a member of your folks. While the possibilities are remote, you should never risk injuring yourselves or your loved ones by attempting to repair or replace a hot water heater, gas line, water line or other large units. Without the correct tools, coaching and manpower, some of these jobs can finish up being much more dangerous than you may think. If there is any doubt in your intellect about the safety of a plumbing project, pull out the yellow pages and call Dallas Plumber.

A second, less devastating result of performing your own plumbing repairs is pricey damage to your property. There are plenty of examples of overzealous homeowners who caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to their property because they did not want to pay a plumber to solve the problem. Particularly when dealing with gas lines, water lines and sewer lines, do not attempt any important repairs or replacements without first contacting a pro plumber.

You should be happy with your ability to repair little plumbing Problems that will happen in your house, but do not let stubbornness keep you from calling in a professional for jobs you can’t handle alone. Regardless of how new or well cared for your house is, it’ll eventually experience a maintenance problem that will require an expert plumber to make a visit. By spending a few greenbacks now, you could save hundreds or even thousands with a repair job that’s far less likely to fail or cause damage to your house.
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