Category: Plumbing Fixture Installation & Repair

A DIY Guide On How To Fix A Leaky Kitchen Faucet

how to fix a leaky kitchen faucetA leaky kitchen faucet may not be the worst of the plumbing issues you’ll experience at home. However, we can’t deny that it does have its own disadvantages. For instance, constant dripping will waste a lot of water, thereby contributing to your utility bill. To avoid spending more money than you should, put a stop to that leak ASAP. Follow this DIY guide to put your kitchen faucet back to tip-top shape.

1. Turn off the faucet’s water supply valve. Check under the sink for the valve. Turn it clockwise to prevent water from getting into the pipe.

2. To ensure that no faucet part will accidentally fall into the sink drain, plug the hole with an old cloth.

3. Remove the faucet handle by first unscrewing it from the body. Look for the decorative cap and pry it off with your flathead screwdriver or putty knife. Loosen the screw with your screwdriver then carefully remove the handle. Use a flathead for this task. If the handle won’t budge, lubricate it and pull it out again.

4. Once you’ve detached the handle, get your wrench and loosen the faucet’s packing nut. You will gain access to the faucet stem. Some stem can just pop right off while some need to be twisted from the valve. Try to see what method will remove your faucet stem and be careful not to damage it.

5. Now that you have access to the other parts, take a look at the O-ring first. Usually, a faucet leaks because of a worn out O-ring. Also inspect the washer and the valve seat. Remove both the worn out washer and then put a new one in place. Lubricate a new O-ring and put it in place, too.

6. Once you’ve replaced those two parts, reinstall the faucet stem and packing nut. Tighten the screw again and then put the handle back. Turn the faucet knob gently to tighten the connection.

7. To make sure that the leak has been taken care of, turn the water supply back on and run the tap.

We hope that our blog post today has taught you how to fix a leaky kitchen faucet. If the problem persists, call the best Washington DC plumber. Plumbers 911 Washington DC delivers exceptional Washington DC plumbing services including faucet repair, leak detection, plumbing fixture repair, plumbing appliance installation and many more! Call us at (877) 932-5325.

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Posted on: November 4, 2014

A Beginner’s Guide to Replacing a Toilet

???????????????Is your toilet old and ugly? Doesn’t it flush properly? Do you experience recurring problems with it? Does it wobble? If you answered “yes” in all these questions, then there’s no better way to fix these issues but to replace your toilet. The john is not exempted from wear and tear especially when you’ve been using it for years.

In fact, toilet replacement is already part of every homeowner’s improvement plans. And remember, there’s just no sense in giving the entire bathroom an overhaul without changing the toilet, is there? So lucky for you, you won’t need to search the internet for tips and tricks regarding this project. We’ll give you a detailed step-by-step guide just in case you want to do this on your own. Here it is!

Removal of the Old Toilet

1. Obviously, you’ll need to remove the old toilet fixture first before installing the new one. Dispose of all the water in the bowl by first shutting down the supply valve. Flush the john to remove the water fast and easy. Now for any remaining liquid, just use your plunger to flush them into the drain.  Don’t forget to remove the leftover water out of the tank as well. You can use a sponge to make the job easier.

2. Once your toilet is rid of water, you have to disconnect the supply line from the fixture with the help of your handy dandy wrench. You can also replace the line if it’s no longer functioning well.

3. Check the base of your toilet. You should see bolts on there and they should be removed. Once done, take out all the bolts that connect the toilet seat to the tank. Rock the tank sideways carefully to gently ease it off then detach it from the unit.

4. Now grab the toilet and rock it sideways again. Doing so will break its seal and lift it up from the bolts. If the bolts are already corroded and they won’t let you detach the toilet easily, you’ll have to cut them off using a hacksaw. Once done, disconnect the toilet and store it somewhere safe.

Preparing For The Installation

1. Now you need to have the area cleaned for the new toilet. Get an old cloth; ball it up and plug the hole to prevent foul-smelling gas from escaping the drainpipe.

2. You should see the old flange and its bolts. Pull the bolts and dispose of them properly. Once done, remove what’s left of the wax seal using your putty knife. Check your flange and make sure that it is not broken or cracked. If it is, it should be replaced.

3. Once you’ve replaced the flange, replace your bolts, too. Install the new wax seal with its rubber or plastic side facing downwards. Tighten it then remove the rag that you used to plug the drain hole.

Installation

1. It’s time to install your new toilet bowl! Position it in place and make sure that the bolts go through the toilet base’s holes. Rock it a little then press it firmly downwards to seal the wax ring. Don’t forget to install the new nuts and washers and tighten them, too. Inspect the toilet and guarantee that it is level. Then attach the new bolt caps.

2. Get your new tank. Insert the new washers and bolts from inside and then position the gasket around the hole at the new toilet’s base.

3. Position the tank right on the toilet and make sure that all the bolts are securely fit. Don’t forget to install the nuts and washers just like what you did at the base.

4.  If your tank is not pre-installed, you’ll have to do the valve installation yourself. Otherwise, you proceed with connecting the water supply line.

5. Turn the water supply and flush the toilet. Check the base for leaks. If you find no leakage anywhere, you go ahead and caulk the toilet’s base. Your job is done!

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Posted on: September 3, 2014

How To Replace A Shower Head In A Few Easy Steps

how to replace a shower headA new shower head might be a luxury or a necessity. Either way, it’s easy to replace the old one yourself. The only question is how to replace a shower head?

Many of use aren’t that skilled when it comes to plumbing. That said, let these simple, easy-to-follow directions help you get your shower up and running in no time!

Replace Your Shower Head Using These Simple Steps!

 

  • Gather your materials. You’ll need the following items:
  • Remove the old shower head.
      • Remove the shower head from the pipe that extends from the shower wall.  Use your wrench to grip the notch at its base and turn it counter-clockwise. Be careful not to apply too much pressure. Once the notch loosens, remove the old shower head and set aside.
      • Wipe the pipe clean.  Remove any debris, dirt, plumber’s tape, etc.
  • Wrap the end of the pipe with plumber’s tape. Make sure the threads of the pipe are covered.Install the new shower head.
    • Fit the new shower head to the pipe and turn it clockwise.
    • Tighten until secure.  You should not need to use a wrench; most can be tightened by hand.
  • Run the shower and check for any leaks.
      • If you notice leaks, attempt to tighten the shower head by hand a little more.
      • Be careful not to over tighten.

Just follow the above-mentioned steps to learn how to replace a shower head. If you need shower or faucet repair, simply call the best Washington DC Metro plumbers, professional Miami plumbing experts or the most reliable plumbing company in California. Reach us through our websites or call us at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL), 800-731-1139 (Central Valley CA) or (877) 932-5325 (Washington DC)!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on: September 18, 2013