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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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Bathroom Renovation Rules to Follow

A bathroom renovation is one of the most complex projects that a homeowner can undertake. Thus, it is very important to carefully plan the layout before building one. Ensure that the space is being used effectively, also, do not compromise the functionality of the room with regards to its aesthetics. Aside from those, you have to consider also the local planning, building and bathroom safety regulations.bath

Regardless of the size, one of the main considerations for a bathroom is the amount of space between each major fixture. There are a number of bathroom rules that you have to be aware of. For instance, local plumbing codes often specify such distances. Adequate ventilation and heating are also needed. The access to the bathroom should be unhindered, with its doors placed properly. For convenient use, fixtures like the shower, toilet, bath and basin must be placed efficiently with respect to each other.

Fittings in a Bathroom
For the fittings in a bathroom, the following rules may apply:
The toilet should not be in line with an open door for privacy purposes.
The hand basin should be near the door for convenience.
The shower door must not clash with the bathroom door.
When it comes to drainage, there should be appropriate fittings close to bath and/or toilet. This could be a sensible precaution if a basin or bath overflows.

Accessory Placement
The positioning of all bathroom fittings must also include the placement of appropriate accessories and fixtures. During your planning process, it must be taken into account for convenience. Some of the accessories and fixtures include the power points, towel rails, towel rings, toilet roll holder, lighting, mirrors, and storage.

Take note that bathrooms are wet rooms. Thus, further safety precautions are required. These include the placement of electrical outlets, rails and steps. Take a look at the following:
The location of light switches and power points should not be within reach of a person seated or standing in the bathtub or shower.
For heated towel rails, they must be placed away from any water source.
You can also install grab rails and steps for safe entry/exit into a bath or spa.
Also choose non-slip flooring for safety purposes.

If you decide to change the configuration of your bathroom, the cost may significantly increase, especially if plumbing work is required. Opt for authorised plumbing products that adhere to planning and building regulations. For plumbing supplies in Australia, visit our site at http://www.youplumbing.com.au for reliable recommendations as well as high quality products and services.

October 2019
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