July 31, 2014 by misterplumber
Whether you are installing new fixtures or trying to stop leaks in old ones, sometimes the culprit may be the water supply lines. When you are replacing connectors to your toilet or faucets in the bathroom or kitchen, upgrade to supply lines that take the guesswork out of stopping leaks.
Water supply lines connect the water valve coming through the wall to the fixture’s inlet valves. For a toilet, the water supply connector is usually right behind the toilet. In a kitchen or bathroom sink the valves are hidden under the cabinet. For toilets there is only one valve. For faucets you will have two valves, one for hot water and one for cold. These valves allow you to turn off the water to the supply lines without shutting off the water to the entire house. If you do not see a valve near the fixture, there may be a valve in a crawlspace or mechanical room for each faucet line. If there is no valve for the individual faucet, you will have to turn off the water for the whole house.
If you are finding damp spots under the fixture, a leaking line might be cause. Depending on the age of the water supply connectors, the line itself or the fitting may fail. The supply line may split or develop corrosion. The fittings can become corroded as well, allowing for water to seep around the nut. These kinds of leaks can be frustrating to track down because there are often no visual cues indicating the source of the leak.
If you are installing a new toilet or faucet, it is a good idea to go ahead and install new connectors. That way you can have peace of mind for many years that the supply lines won’t be a source of leaks. Be careful not to over tighten the nut when installing a water supply line. That could damage the seal and cause another leak!
Choose a water hose that is made of stainless steel. These hoses hold up much better than plastic hoses. Choose a connector that has a large inside diameter for higher flow capacity and a 5 year warranty. New water supply lines should be included in any plumbing fixture repair or installation project in your Toronto home.
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