When a tap won’t stop dripping
The constant drip of a leaky tap can be extremely irritating—and waste gallons of water every day. It’s one of the most common reasons people call for a plumber. Before you do, try tightening or changing the washer on the faucet. Gesuelli explains: First turn off the water supply to the tap, either underneath the sink or at the main water valve. Then remove the tap’s cover to reveal a nut or screw. It probably just needs tightening, but unscrew it and take a look at the washer. If it looks worn and like it needs replacing, just pick a new one up at your local hardware store; most are a standard size but bring the old one with you match it. If you aren’t comfortable doing this or the leak is more severe, call a licensed plumber. Check out these industry secrets your plumber won’t tell you.