Our Unused Basement Bathroom Was Costing Us Money

January 11th, 2017

I am very independent, but I know there are a lot of things that I cannot handle on my own. I can do small repair jobs around the house, especially if it is just cosmetic like fixing a knob on a drawer or painting a chipped window sill, but the bigger things like fixing my furnace or a leaking pipe are things I save for a company that does plumbing as well as appliance repair in Sacramento. They take care of everything I could need in that area, so I called Fix-it-Rite whenever something does not work right in my home.

When I got my water bill a few months ago, it was a lot higher than I expected. I called the water company, and they told me that if my usage had not increased that much, to check my sinks and toilets to make sure that there was not a leak or something constantly running. I found the culprit when I went to the sink in the basement. It was a slow leak, but it was enough that it raised my water bill for three months pretty high. I didn’t dare try to fix that myself because I had no idea what I was doing. It was a fast drip from the faucet. I measured how long it took to fill up a quart jar, and then multiplied that time out for a month. It was an incredible amount of water that was being wasted.

I did shut the valve off under the sink to stop the water flow. We rarely use that basement bathroom, and the sink was running all that time behind a closed door. It turned out to be a worn out cartridge in the valve. It was one of those one-handle sink faucets. Instead of replacing the cartridge, I just had the repair tech put a new faucet on. We had a new one we had not used when remodeling the bathroom upstairs. I had him check the basement toilet for any problems while he was there. An old flapper valve was allowing a slow leak from the tank to the bowl wasting even more water. Amazing how an unused bathroom ended up costing us money on our water bill.


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