Everyone has a plumbing question from time to time, and some of them have super simple, quick answers. If you have one of these issues, you might not need to call a plumber at all; you can just get a quick answer right here and go on with your day.

Which way to tighten / loosen

It has happened to the best of us. You turn your hose on full blast, and then when you go to turn it off, you can’t remember which way to turn the handle. You start turning one way, but when you think you should have gotten back to the beginning, it’s still turning, so you turn the other way, thinking that maybe you must be crazy and it’s actually this way to turn it off.

Finally, you give up turning it that way, too, and turn it the first way. When it still doesn’t turn off, you get really exasperated and just decide to turn it all the way until it stops, one way or the other, and you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right. However, all this time, a lot of water is running. Keep this simple rule of thumb in your head to always know which way to tighten and loosen your faucet knobs: “Righty tighty, Lefty loosey.” In other words, screw to the right to tighten, and screw to the left to loosen.

But what if your faucet truly won’t turn off either way? If the faucet knob will spin around infinitely in either direction with no effect on the water flow, it’s possible that the threads are stripped on the knob handle. If you can’t turn the water off with the knob, look to see if there is a local water shutoff switch for that faucet. If not, in the last resort, turn off your water at the main water shutoff and call a plumber to fix your faulty faucet knobs.

Which side is hot / cold

There’s no law that says that the hot and the cold must go on one side of the other, but the convention in the United States is to put the hot on the left side and the cold on the right side. However, since this is ultimately an arbitrary decision or a judgment call, it’s possible that you will find sinks or faucets where someone has installed it the opposite way. However, this should be rare. If you’re installing a faucet yourself, we don’t recommend that you break with this convention, as it’s a bad user experience for the people who try to get hot water out of the faucet. Most people will expect it to be on the side where they’re used to finding it.

If you have a faucet that constantly frustrates you because someone installed it backwards, call the friendly folks at Home Furniture, Plumbing and Heating in Kankakee. There’s nothing more frustrating than constantly being thrown off by which side to get the hot water and cold water from. We’ll be happy to switch it around for you.

For the simple, do-it-yourself plumbing jobs, we’re here to answer your questions. For everything else, we are here to serve you with plumbing service in Kankakee and the surrounding communities. Contact us today!