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Weekly Maintenance for your Home

July – Week 27

Just like preventative maintenance on your car, if you take care of a few small items around the house every week, you can avoid many emergency breakdowns and expensive repairs.


No matter how modern your house, there are probable still a few faucet washers that need attention. When a cartridge or ceramic type of faucet begins to drip, you generally need to replace the whole cartridge. But good old fashioned compression washer type of faucets require regular replacement of that little rubber ring. You can just about bet that if one is dripping, another will begin to drip soon. So I suggest that once a year, you get out all the necessary tools, shut down the water supply and simply change every washer in the house.

If you think that you don't have any old fashioned compression washer faucets, check out the laundry tub, the washing machine hose shut-off valves and the outdoor garden hose bibs. They probably have rubber washers. The hot water side usually drips before the cold, simply because the hot water ages the rubber faster. High chlorine content in your water will also accelerate the hardening of the rubber. If you find one that chews up the washer or drips all too soon, you probably need to do some repairs to the 'seat' where the washer pushes against to close off the flow of water.For more details on "Faucets", check the SEARCH tab above.