By – Jenn Zschunke (JZschunke@MossBuildingandDesign.com)
Drip, drip, drip. The sound of the occasional leaky faucet or running toilet can be annoying, but did you know that combined the American population wastes more than 1 trillion gallons of water each year as a result of minor plumbing issues? That’s the equivalent of 40 million swimming pools and 24 million baths!
Not only can these issues be costly to the environment but they can also add up in your wallet. Thankfully, the majority of the issues that can cause the dripping and running can be fixed relatively quickly and inexpensively. MOSS, Northern Virginia’s premier handyman service, is available to our clients to assist them in solving these issues and more.
Faucets can leak for a variety of reasons in both your kitchen and bathroom.
- “O” ring damage – A screw is used to hold the handle of a faucet in place, and there is a small disc (the “O” ring) which is attached to it. The “O” ring can become loose or wear out over time causing leaks to occur. This can be easily replaced to solve the leak issue.
- Corroded valve seat – A valve seat connects the faucet to the spout. Over time, water corrosion can occur and lead to leaks. A MOSS plumber can clean this to repair the leak.
- Worn out washer - Faucets such as compression faucets rely on rubber washers to seal the valve seat. These can wear out and cause a leak. Other types of faucets, including washerless faucets, do last longer, but also wear out. Both of these can be replaced quite easily if that turns out to be the issue at hand.
Many toilets run continuously because of a worn rubber flapper valve at the bottom of the tank. Jiggling and fiddling with the toilet handle can fix the problem at first but eventually the valve has to be replaced. Doing so can save a good deal of money and the fix is relatively simple.
Clanging PRV (Pressure Reducing) Valve
As referenced in a blog written previously, we had to have our PRV valve replaced recently. While there was no leaking (yet), the annoying banging and clanging in our pipes alerted us to an issue. The MOSS plumber was able to replace our malfunctioning valve with a new one. Had he not, and the valve completely broken, we could have seen our basement flooded, which would have been a costly fix!