Sooner or later everyone has a tap problem. It drips, it leaks, it squeaks. And it irritates you when it does.
Taps usually drip, leak and squeak because someone’s trying to choke them.
Strong wrists turn taps off so tightly that they damage them. When they start to drip those strong wrists turn them even tighter. And the taps drip even more . . . etc, etc, etc.
When turning off your taps, only tighten them enough to stop the water running. Plumbers call this “two finger tight”: using only the pressure of the thumb and finger.
Whatever you do, never turn off a tap using all the strength of your hand and wrist. If you do, it’ll be hard to turn on again and you’ll damage the tap itself.
Everyone wants high water pressure. Don’t you love to stand under a shower or turn on a garden sprinkler and feel the water gush out strongly and freely?
You may love high water pressure but your pipes, taps and water heaters don’t. High water pressure causes burst pipes, noisy pipes and water hammer. Your tap washers and O rings leak and fail.
And these cost you money to fix.
Plumbers know stable water pressure is better and cheaper for you. Fitting a pressure reduction device to the mains supply will achieve stable water pressure.
The long term benefits of stable water pressure will far outweigh the cost of installation.
Plumbing emergencies have a nasty way of occurring at the most inconvenient time: the toilet overflows as the first guest arrives for dinner; the hot water fails at 7.15 am; the dripping tap turns to a trickle just as you’re about to leave for four weeks holiday.
The inconvenience can’t be avoided. But if the problem is related to water supply such as running taps, burst pipes or burst hot water heaters, you can avoid the high cost of after hours charges.
Turn off the water supply at the meter. It’s usually located near the front of the property boundary. If you can tolerate the inconvenience, call your plumber during working hours.
Most emergencies can’t wait. But some can. After hours service is more expensive than normal business hours service.