worn rubber flapper valve in a toilet tank
A worn flapper valve in the toilet tank leads to an unwanted trickle of water, driving up the water bill. To drain the tank for repairs, turn off the water supply and flush.
Compared with some of the headaches that go along with home ownership, a leaky kitchen faucet or toilet tank valve is a minor problem. Yet a steady trickle of water is a waste of both water and money, and eventually it will get on your nerves. Both of these problems can be fixed quickly, and unlike many more involved plumbing jobs, these repairs require only a few ordinary tools. For foolproof instructions, we called on a pro who performs these repairs on a regular basis--David Sorrell, of Goodhill Mechanical Contractors in Woodbury, Connecticut.

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