Have you ever gone into your kitchen or bathroom to wash your hands, put the liquid soap on your hands and turned on the taps, only to find that nothing happens?
Many of us have and when you check the taps in another room only to find them to be working correctly you get that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, that this is not going to be good.
It dawns on you that there is a specific problem with your tap and that it needs to be fixed.
If you are not big on DIY, this can only ever mean one thing – it’s going to cost you money. The first port of call may be to look on the internet for a solution, or even to find out what course of action others have taken who suffered the same problem.
Usually, the upshot is that you need to take the inevitable step of picking up the phone directory and dialing the local plumber.
After deciding whether or not the problem warrants a same day call out charge, you arrange a suitable time.
The plumber arrives and you explain the problem, and he proceeds to investigate. After a little bit of tinkering your tap is miraculously fixed, all in about 10 minutes. For the privilege your plumber will relieve you of about the same cost as a full tank of fuel in your car. This is not to say that a plumber should not charge this amount for what is really a simple job. It is just worth noting that it may be useful and valuable to have a basic knowledge of how simple every-day items like taps actually work.
So, how do you go about finding out how your taps work? There are many options but perhaps one of the best comes from our modern friend, the internet. There are hundreds of websites out there offering help and advice to DIY enthusiasts so this is a great place to start. A word of warning here though, you must make absolutely sure you have fully understood the procedure before undertaking any kind of DIY, especially when it involves your water supply. The last thing you want to do is to create an even worse problem than the one you are trying to fix.
If you take your time, and take precautions, you should be fine. Make sure you turn off your main water supply if you are working on your taps. Failure to do so could result in you flooding your house.
Don’t let this put you off though. By carrying out a few simple tasks yourself over the course of a year you could save yourself hundreds of dollars. The next time something goes wrong with your taps, perhaps you’ll think twice before reaching for the phone book. Instead, get your tools out of the basement and try fixing the problem yourself. You’ll be glad you did, since you’ll be saving money and you will have learned a new DIY skill, which many of us would be proud of.
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