A leaking faucet poses multiple major issues. Not only is the constant dripping noise annoying (refer to Chinese water torture), it also wastes buckets of paid water down the drain, and right under your eyes.
Do you know how much water you lose all day because of a faulty tap? According to official metrics, if a home has a leaking tap, losing about 10 drips per minute, then you lose 3 liters by the end of a day.
Consider the costs of buying these 3 liters from the shop. If your drinking water supply is limited, and you need to purchase it, then the total savings can add up to a neat amount of 90 liters at the month end! Besides, you’re already paying taxes for whatever drinking water comes from the tap, so that’s an additional invisible cost as well!
One fine day
A homeowner can save all these extra hassles easily by getting the leaking sink one fine day. By Doing It Yourself (DIY), you also save the costs of hiring a plumber or losing a workday for the handiwork supervision. Arrange the time in your convenient leisure, but don’t delay it for long because water is valuable for life.
Here are a few handy tips on replacing bathroom faucets in general:
- Plan in advance: Replacing faucets typically takes about an hour or so for experienced people. If you’re still new to this work, allow yourself at least three hours to get the job done at a relaxed pace. There are a few other aspects of pre-planning as well. However, bathroom fixtures are sometimes less complex in fittings than the kitchen sink. Still, you would need to get the tools handy first. Unless you’re ready to get wet or have an extra pair of clothes, consider getting a plumber’s overall. These are made with water-resistant clothing.
- Be ready: Among the tools, consider investing in a basin wrench. It’s an exclusive thing designed to help loosen faucet valves, and is very helpful for opening or closing the most rusted fitting you would encounter. If the work involves getting under the sink, clear that closet space of things, cockroaches, and spider webs first. You should be surprised to know how common it can be finding a stray cockroach even in a five-star hotel basin! It happens, so stay ready. Keep the replacement faucet and the pipe fixtures you intend to change within hand’s reach for a quick job.
- Close the inlet: Before you begin replacing any faucet, identify the water inlet route first. Houses with multiple basins and other fixtures can make it complex to identify the exact one. In this context, also consider investing in a shut-off valve beforehand. Many basins don’t have these installed, and this is a good time to get that fixed for a better control of water circulation.
Do the job: The practical action continues with removing the old faucet and putting up the new one steadily. For sink fixtures, you need to fasten them from below. Remember, the hot and cold conventions on replacing bathroom faucets. The hot water source is always on the left of the user and the cold water on the right.