Sometimes we all get leaky faucets that cause annoying sounds during the night as the water drips down into the sink. Usually when faucets leak, it is caused by the wearing of the washers or O-rings. These leaks are relatively easy to fix in some instances, since homeowners can either replace the washers or O-rings or merely tighten the screws to repair the leak.
Other times the leaky faucets may need repairing. There are many different styles of faucets and parts may differ widely; but they all have parts that can be replaced. To replace the faucet you might have to make the purchase of a new faucet kit. The kits are easier to install than buying pieces one at a time.
- When installing the faucet kit you must shutoff the water supply which is usually below the sink or else in the basement area.
- After disconnecting the water, locate and unscrew the nuts found at the top of the faucet of the old faucets to loosen the nuts, and then pull up the faucet. When taking apart the faucet, it might benefit you to pay attention to the arrangement of the parts.
- Once the old faucet is removed, you are ready to install the new faucet. Make sure the nuts are securely tightened on the faucet before reconnecting the water lines. At this time you reconnect the water lines and turn on the water.
- Check for leaks before using the sink.
Improving your home is relatively easy in some areas. The repairs are part of improving the home and for the most part the process is easy. If the person performing the improvements can follow a few instructions, repairs are never hard. Therefore, you must make sure to follow instructions carefully before repairing your home.
If you need to install a new shower, it is possible to do so without the skill of a contractor. Shower kits come with systematic instructions for installation. You can use prefabricated shower panels and a plastic shower base to build an inexpensive easy-to-install shower stall. If you want an elegant look, try a custom-tiled shower stall. Other kits are also available that come with systematic instructions for repairs and installations.
It is essential to follow instructions if you are not hiring someone to handle the task. If you follow the instructions carefully, you should not have a problem finishing the tasks.
Home improvement does many things. When you improve your home, you are making a statement while increasing the equity of your home. Equity is important when you own a home. The equity of the home determines how much you can sell the home or how much a bank will loan you against your home. Equity is enhancing the home. At what time a person applies home improvement it may lead to increases of taxes but for the most part, the value of the home is increased as well. This means if you choose to sell your home, again you will have more advantages.
Repairing or installing a new faucet will not cost much, but it will increase the value of your home. Thus, the equity adding value is more than the price you will pay for a new faucet.
If you are installing a new faucet in the bathroom, or in the kitchen the kits are often the same price and you will follow the same procedures.
Anytime you purchase kits for improving the home, make sure you read the instructions to avoid problems. Reading the instructions will help you achieve accuracy. Again, do not forget to check for leaks before completing the procedure. Most times if you follow instructions however, there will be no problems.
Repairing plumbing in the home is not complex, but if you are repairing plumbing that is more complicated you may want to get quotes before taking on the job yourself. Remember that water leaks can cause damage to your home if left unattended for a period of time.
On the contrary, if you are installing a new shower, purchasing a kit will cost less than hiring a plumber. The kits include materials, such as shower flooring, doors, walls and/or curtains, shower head and faucet. Sometimes when you have a leaky shower, it is easier to repair by merely replacing the faucet, but if the shower is old, it may be wise to increase the value of your home by replacing the entire shower.
If you are installing a new shower verses the faucet make sure you have all the tools you need, including 3/8 inch PVC pipes, or half-inch PVC pipe. You will also need Purple Primier, CPVC Cement, Philips, cutters, liquid nails, and silicon sealant. Proceed with caution. If you feel uncomfortable installing a shower, by all means, look into hiring a professional. It will cost you a little more but will save you in the long run.