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Easy Steps to Fix a Leaky Tap

A tap that leaks can give you problems you don’t expect. Imagine that even slow and continuous drops may lead to higher water bills, wasting water and water damage. The good thing is repair on a leaky tap is actually a simple task and you don’t have to call for a plumber to complete the job.

The following are possible causes for a leaky tap:

  • Corrosion of the valve seat
  • Worn out seals and O-rings
  • Buildup on washers and valve parts
  • Loose parts

There are  simple steps to stop the leak and it can be fixed by doing the following:

Materials Needed to Repair a Leaky Tap

To make the process quick and easy, make sure to collect all required tools and materials before you get started. The following are the necessary materials to fix a leaky tap. You can buy these tools at any plumbing shop in Australia.

  • Adjustable wrench
  • WD-40 or other lubricant
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • White vinegar
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Scouring pad
  • Replacement parts

Shut Off the Water

Before starting the job, turn the water off to avoid accidental flooding in your bathroom or kitchen. Search for the shutoff valves beneath the sink and turn off the water to the fixture or turn off the main supply of water for the whole house.

Remove Tap Handles

By using a flathead screwdriver, remove the taps decorative handles. To remove the screws that keep the handles, use the Phillips head screwdriver. For corroded screws or other handle parts that are hard to remove, use WD-40 to lubricate and then loosen the parts.

Inspect the Tap Parts

To loosen the packing nut you can use the wrench and open the stem. Check the packing nut as well as the stem for any indications of buildup or corrosion. Also examine the O-ring and then the washer in the valve seat to ensure that they are in good condition. Clean the parts to get rid of any buildup or deposits.

Clean the Valves

After all removing all the parts from the tap, inspect the valves for any deposits or buildup. To dissolve mineral deposits, pour white sugar on the area and soak in few minutes. Then, take out the stopper from the drain and pour water on the valves in order to wash away dirt and debris. Finally, you can put the tap back in the reverse order of all the steps you did. Replace corroded and damaged parts with new ones. Turn on the water supply and see if the faucet still leaks.

For more information about fixing a leaking faucet, you may visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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What services does a plumber provide?

Whether it is a residential or industrial property, plumbing services are essential. Plumbing provides water and takes away the waste in a safe and efficient manner. But the only individuals who are properly qualified to perform such services are professional plumbers. The scope of the plumber’s work is extensive. From small leaks to more complicated matters such as providing an adequate plumbing system for an entire establishment. Take a look at some of the common plumbing services that you can take advantage of

  • Bathroom plumbing – The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in any home. Services provided by a plumber may involve the repair, replacement and installation of sinks, showers, tubs, faucets, toilets, water lines and drains in your bathroom.


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  • Waterproofing – One of the tasks a plumber performs is to waterproof wet areas to prevent leaks damage to the underlying structures.


  • Laundry plumbing – Much like bathrooms’ laundries require maintenance as well as installations. Whether it is a laundry renovation or the installation of a laundry basin and taps for the washing machine, it’s all part of a plumber’s job.


  • Dishwasher installation – For a quick, easy and painless installation of dishwasher, call the plumber.


  • Gas fitting services – A plumbing company can provide you a qualified gasfitter who will install and maintain items or appliances that use gas in their operation.


  • Repair leaks – For effective repairs of leaks for whatever reason, it is essential to call a plumber. It may be a simple leak, which requires minor repairs, or a complicated leak which may require extensive work. A plumber may be able to diagnose the problem, and minimise future damage.


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  • Hot water systems – Whether it is an electric, gas, or solar water system, the plumber can install and maintain the equipment.


  • Relocation – A plumber will be able to transfer the location of some items such as the kitchen sink or the shower to a more convenient place.


  • Roof plumbing – Some of the tasks include maintenance of downpipes and gutter; roof repairs; and other ways to drain water from the roof of the home.


  • Emergency plumbing – Whatever time of the day, the plumber is available to repair serious leaks, burst pipes, flooding issues, etc.


We provide one of the best plumbing services in Sydney. For more info, visit our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au/services. We have professional plumbers who can get the job done right with the highest quality and under the strictest safety standards.

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Funny Plumbing Facts

We have gathered crazy facts about plumbing that you might enjoy.  Here are a few:

  1. Albert Einstein was made an honorary member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union after he had announced that he would be a plumber if he had to live his life all over again.
  2. In the technology capital of the world, Japan, some urinals have voice activated flushing mechanisms.  The urinals respond to several commands, including “fire”.
  3. Over $100,000 were spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind.  The answer: three out of four people have the flap in the front.
  4. 90% of pharmaceuticals taken by people are excreted through urination. Therefore our sewer systems contain heavy dose of drugs.  A recent study by the EPA has found fish containing trace amounts of estrogens, cholesterol-lowering drugs, pain relievers, antibiotics, caffeine and even anti-depressants.
  5. President Richard Nixon had set up a White House Special Investigations Unit to plug intelligence leaks in the governmental processes associated with the Vietnam War.  The members of this group were popularly called “plumbers.”
  6. The toilet is flushed more times during the super bowl halftime than at any time during the year.  We imagine the 8 million pounds of popcorn, 28 million pounds of potato chips, and 1 billion chicken wings really get to you at halftime.
  7. Who are the most famous plumbers ever?  Mario and Luigi of course!  They have been in over 200 games since Mario bros was created in 1985.
  8. King George II of Great Britain died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October 1760.
  9. The “Bathroom” has been named many different things in many different places.  Here are a few of my favourite ones: The Egyptians named it the House of Horror, the Romans named it the Necessaries for obvious reasons.  The Tudors who ruled England for a period of time called the bathroom the privy or house of privacy.  People of France call it “La Chambre Sent” meaning the smelly house, self-explanatory of course.  Israelis call the bathroom the house of honour; this one confuses us the most.
  10. The average person spends three whole years of their life sitting on the toilet.  We hope you brought a good book.

Have fun with us at You Plumbing, Sydney’s number one choice for plumbing supplies and services. Pipes might be your problem. Your water bill is increasing. Hurry and call us now!

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Saving Money with You Plumbing

Some of us would rather fix our own plumbing and other things that go wrong in our homes. Like the light bulbs, the fans, and everything else that could go wrong. For some it’s plainly possessiveness or because of their tight budget. Yes, there are some issues that we homeowners can fix on their own, but there will still be a great risk that those problems cannot be fixed instead they will just grow worse.

Here are some issues that you will not be able to fix all by yourself and so you will need a plumber, a professional one, to do the job for you.

  • Toilets– We often encounter toilets that won’t flush, so the first thing we do is to use a plunger. However, when the plunger does not help, then you will have to call a plumber because that might be a blockage in your drainage system. And it will be obvious that you won’t be able to do that alone or all by yourself unless you were trained and equipped with the right tools for the job. Otherwise, do not take the risk because you might just make matters worse.
  • Taps– Never ignore a leaking Taps. This will waste precious water and add up your water consumption which will then add on to your bill. This will add up to your expenses. Call You Plumbing for these types of problems.
  • Saving Money with You PlumbingDrains– Pouring Liquid Plumber down the drain is not enough of a solution for blocked drains. This will only be temporary and you can expect your drain to get blocked every now and then and you, having to buy more and more liquid drain cleaner just to solve the problem. This again, adds up to your expenses. Call us for an effective solution.

It’s easier for you to be able to move around the house without any problem if you would only trust your professional plumbers. It will be more budget friendly and you won’t have to think about the maintenance especially when you let You Plumbing install and fix your plumbing system because we offer the best warranties with their services. Not to mention, we are also very efficient when it comes to working.

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