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Woke up at 4am to the sound of pouring water. I rushed to the basement as I thought that maybe my brother had left both taps running in the sink(he is old and I think starting the old timers disease), anyhow nope, the pipe from the pump had snapped and there was water gushing all over the place. Turned off the pump, went back to bed and telephoned the plumber this morning. Closed. I left a message and lo and behold the plumber showed up in the early afternoon and all is fixed.
Sweet young man. Happy client.


Oh wow, glad you got it fixed so quickly! You must have a terrible clean-up job ahead of you, though. [img]frown.gif" border="0[/img]


Nope not a thing to do. The basement is cement, there is a drain and the only things that got wet were my feet and some clothes that had dried on a clothes line. They are now twice rinsed and super clean. [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]


Oh, well then, that's excellent! I guess it was an expensive way to clean the floor, but I'm glad you have no mess to clean up.


There's a few things that can go wrong in a basement, plumbing wise. That's why I am partial to those plastic storage bins, and I keep things that can be water damaged as high off the floor as possible.

Water heaters can rust out (although there are warning signs for that) pipes can burst due to freezing if your heat goes off in the winter, and sewers can back up.

It's a good idea for everyone who lives in the house to know where the water shut offs are, particularly the main, as Clersal did.


I remember some 20 odd years ago after I was separated from my husband and a tap in the bath started to leak.

I had seen my husband change washers so I figured it was pretty easy. Undid everything and then........I hadn't the faintest idea what went first to put the whole thing back together.
I took apart the other tap and laid the pieces in the correct order so I was able to put everything back properly.

Something I still do today as I don't have to change washers very often!


Plumbing is a constant issue in my building, which is over a hundred years old and held together by an intricate set of jerry-rigs. The sink in my kitchen gives off a fine spray that gets "fixed" by tightening something around the tap, only to loosen and begin spraying all over again. The sink in the bathroom had a drip but repairs on the drain pipe have worked. The basement (where the laundry is located) has flooded twice since I've lived here. And there's a plumbing truck in the driveway on average about once every two months, for issues that are unknown to me.

Even though I rent, the constant plumbing problems are an inspiration to acquire at least some basic knowledge. clersal's description of taking apart a tap sounds like a good place to start (in my spraying kitchen, for example) but I'm afraid to even do that! I rely on building maintenance, as I guess I should since I rent, but it's frustrating because the repairs seem to be only temporary.


I think much of the new stuff is "washerless" now,like many of our houshold parts and apliances,it's sometimes cheaper to get rid of and buy new, not good environmentally, but it sure keeps the economy machine rolling.


clersal, with my luck, if I'd taken a tap apart, couldn't get it back together, then taken another tap apart, I'd have been stuck with TWO dismantled taps and a call to the plumber. [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

(Actually, I probably would've called the plumber right off, without taking anything apart. I have no confidence in my handyperson abilities.)


I lived in a high rise building for five or six years, and for a good part of it, my parents were the superintendents. So I learned a thing or two about the old style taps. I could field strip them blindfolded.

What a lot of people forget to do when changing washers is to periodically inspect and change the seat. The seat screws into the base of the faucet, and it has a lip on it that the washer seals against. One can have a drippy tap, and replace the washer, but if the seat is notched-- even a tiny notch, the tap will still leak.

Hardware stores sell the seats, of course, and you need a specially designed (but inexpensive) seat wrench to extract the old one and install the new one. Care should be taken when installing the new one, so the lip doesn't get scratched or notched.

It's surprising the amount of water that can flow through a tiny dent in the seat.

Of course, take the old seat with you to the hardware store to make sure you get the right size and thread type. Or, purchase a "variety pack" of washers and seats before hand.

Washers don't last long in my house. Both the kitchen and bathroom faucets are mighty old. I guess I should switch them out for new...but then you think...maybe it's pointless with this old sink...and vanity....and wouldn't a new vanity and sink look odd with that old bathtub...and if we're going to put a new tub and shower in, might as well take up the toilet and put down that laminate flooring....... And who has money for all that?



clersal, with my luck, if I'd taken a tap apart, couldn't get it back together, then taken another tap apart, I'd have been stuck with TWO dismantled taps and a call to the plumber.

Yabbut if you take the second one apart and put it in a nice straight line in the order that each piece came off it is easy to just reverse the process.

I am not handy either but I am stubborn. [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]