If you need to have a plumbing repair done, make sure you follow some money-saving tips.
Plumbing Repair and How to Save Money
As we covered previously, it’s a good idea to keep your fixtures clean and working well. Here’s an industry secret for you regarding plumbing. A great many plumbing repairs involve just replacing the parts that are not functioning or replacing otherwise faulty parts. So if you have a washer going bad in your sink, replace the washer, not the sink.
Makes sense, however, a lot of times a national plumbing chain eager to make a fast buck will suggest that the entire sink assembly be replaced rather than doing this simple plumbing repair. A new sink can cost anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred. A washer, on the other hand, costs below a dollar as a rule. You can replace them with the help of your local plumber, and they may be able to even supply the part.
As to what a washer is: “A washer is a thin plate (typically disk-shaped) with a hole (typically in the middle) that is normally used to distribute the load of a threaded fastener, such as a screw or nut. Other uses are as a spacer, spring (belleville washer, wave washer), wear pad, preload indicating device, locking device, and to reduce vibration (rubber washer). Washers usually have an outer diameter (OD) about twice the width of their inner diameter (ID). Washers are usually metal or plastic. High quality bolted joints require hardened steel washers to prevent the loss of pre-load due to Brinelling after the torque is applied. Rubber or fiber gaskets used in taps (or faucets, or valves) to stop the flow of water are sometimes referred to colloquially as washers; but, while they may look similar, washers and gaskets are usually designed for different functions and made differently.
Washers are also important for preventing galvanic corrosion, particularly by insulating steel screws from aluminium surfaces.” [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]
Plumbing Costs and Final Thoughts
It is much cheaper to fix a problem when it is smaller than before it becomes a big problem. For example, letting a faucet drip can cost you a lot on your water bill, and ultimately be an expensive repair.
So take care your problems when they’re small, and all of your plumbing repairs will be minor ones.
PUR Plumbing Inc.
7139 Mitchell Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL. 34655