It’s a cold morning, and you’re ready for a hot shower. But it seems to take forever until the water warms up. If you have a very large home, then the culprit could be long pipe lengths between the water heater (usually in the basement) and the bathroom (master baths are usually on an upper floor). If you’re having a home built, that’s not a necessary evil — talk to your builder about the plumbing system design to see what options you have. For example, a re-circulation pump or point source instantaneous unit might be options. While perhaps the least exciting system in the home, plumbing is an important part of a healthy home.

Can You DIY Your Plumbing?

Basic plumbing is something we suggest the reader tries. As long as you know how to turn all your water valves off you can stay safe and dry!

Save money by learning how to change taps and mend leaks

Don’t Be Afraid to Replace Parts Inside Your Toilet or Faucet

Taking apart pipes under your sink or shower can lead to messy issues if you make a mistake. However, there’s very little you can damage by trying to replace your toilet’s flapper or your faucet’s cartridge.

Worn flappers are a common cause of leaks between the toilet tank and bowl. And they only cost a few dollars! As a bonus, the package comes with easy-to-follow instructions for replacement.

Most modern faucets can be repaired by replacing the entire interior with a new cartridge. This only requires that you remove a screw or two. So, if you hear the toilet running frequently, or your sink is dripping, get replacement parts and give it a go.

Stop the Drip, Drip, Drip

When your tap drips from the spout you need to change the washer, a soft rubber material which is screwed down onto the valve seat. When your tap drips from the collar you need to change the ‘O’ ring, a washer found around the top of the spindle.

 

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