Blog

How to Fix a Leaky Water Shut Off Valve – Minneapolis Handyman Education

System - Thursday, December 1, 2016


There is a plumber’s trick I’d like to show you for a very annoying plumbing repair. It involves a common shut off valve that’s typically in a difficult place to reach. You can find this shut off valve down behind the toilet, and over time these things get filled with hard water deposits, and they begin to leak. It most often happens when you make some sort of repair to the toilet, because you move the handle.


Avoid Replacing the Shut Off Valve

This can be repaired when it’s leaking just with a simple twist of the collar piece that’s found on the valve. Tighten it up, and you can stop the leak. However, over time, these fill up so much with mineral deposits, they leak more and you might worry that you have to replace the entire shut off valve. But that’s not necessarily the case; a water valve repair doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. That’s the little trick we’re talking about today.

Replacing Key Valve Parts

Chances are, if you’re living in a house that’s over 30 years old, you have these old fashioned twist shut off valves. At a certain point, they will leak so much that a major replacement is necessary. But, don’t replace the entire valve. Instead, you can use your wrench to remove the entire stem and packing part from the valve. This will look all fouled when you take the pieces off in an old unit. Go to your local hardware store or home improvement store, and get a match for this piece. Take it apart and screw it onto your valve. Tighten it up with your wrench so that it’s snug, and you’re done.
This is an easy repair for a difficult problem. It will save you money on repair and maintenance if you can do this simple thing.

If you have any questions about your leaky water shut off valve, or you need help from a Minneapolis handyman, please contact us at HandyQuick. We’d be happy to talk with you.

Recent News & Events

Why Have a Vendor Agreement? Minneapolis Handyman Education

  At HandyQuick Minnesota LLC, we have one of the largest vendor networks ... Read More

How to Hire a Property Contractor in Minneapolis, MN | Handyman Advice

HandyQuick has been providing handyman and contractor services for residential a... Read More

How to Fix a Leaky Water Shut Off Valve – Minneapolis Handyman Education

There is a plumber’s trick I’d like to show you for a very annoyi... Read More

How to Fix a Leak Using Plumber’s Tape from a Minneapolis, MN Handyman

If you have minor non-critical plumbing issue at your home or rental property... Read More

Do I Need Radon Testing in my Minneapolis MN Home?

Today’s topic is Radon, and whether you need to test for it in Minneapo... Read More

How to Fix a Running Toilet – Home Improvement Tips from a Minneapolis MN Handyman

We are here today to look at a toilet that is constantly running. Many times... Read More

Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling Your Kitchen – Home Improvement Tips from a Minneapolis Handyman

Remodeling a kitchen is a great way to add value to your home. There are a co... Read More

How to Repair and Maintain Your Deck – Home Improvement Tips from a Minneapolis Handyman

We are talking about deck repair. Most decks are affected by sun and rain, ... Read More

Best Siding for Your Property – Home Improvement Tips for Your Minneapolis, MN Home

Today we’re talking about the different types of siding that are availa... Read More

Roofing: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Advice From a Minneapolis, MN Professional Roofing Contractor

If you notice a roof leak at your Minnesota Residential home or Rental proper... Read More

Handy Quick Logo

Licensed Residential Building Contractor #BC664969

Connect

Youtube Logo Twitter Logo Linked In Logo Facebook Logo Google Plus Logo

Contact Us

1800 Wooddale Dr.
Suite 100B
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 333-4400
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Handy Quick Affiliations 33rd Company, Inc. BBB Business Review

Copyright © 2015 HandyQuick MN LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Website provided by PMW | Sitemap | Privacy & Security Policy


HandyQuick, LLC is committed to ensuring that its website is accessible to people with disabilities. All the pages on our website will meet W3C WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level A conformance. Any issues should be reported to service@handyquick.com. Website Accessibility Policy