According to a study I've been conducting for the past 20 years, almost every home in North America needs at least one of these plumbing repairs. And that's a shame, because each of these plumbing repairs is quick and easy. You can do each one in 15 minutes or less, even if you have no plumbing experience.
1. Clean a clogged faucet aerator
2. Fix a leaking shutoff valve
3. Fix a drippy sink drain
— Gary Wentz, Senior Editor
More easy plumbing repairs
— Fix a running toilet
— Replace a leaky sink sprayer
— Unclog a toilet
Excellent timing - I rec'd a call today from a customer to fix a leaky shut off valve. I will definitely try this before replacing with a new one. Dave
The number one device that wastes the most water in a home is the flapper valve. You never see it or hear it , you only pay more and more in water bills, and since your waste water billing is tied to your water usage a leaking flapper will cost you more than 10 times what a new one does. A flapper valve is the easiest thing in the world to replace, but from personal experience a flapper that cost $1.29 will last and perform as well as one that costs $8- $10 . The problem is the Chlorine used by most municipalities to sanitize the drinking water. I have yet to see a flapper made of the correct Chorine resistant materials . They exist! but I guess it's like making anything designed to last a long time due to the profitability issues. If anyone out there knows of a flapper that is really worth it please let us know. I live in Florida and down here the Chlorination is quite heavy. I have used a pool testing kit and my drinking water has more Chlorine than our pool.
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