Leaking taps are a pesky nuisance and one that every single Adelaide resident has faced. If you’ve ever woken up to hear tap water dripping down your drains, you understand how inconvenient and annoying leaking taps can be.
There can be many reasons why your faucet is dripping. It’s best to call a repairman if you come across this issue. Some of the most frequent causes for a dripping tap or faucet are:
If you’re experiencing a leak coming from the faucet handle, check if it’s due to a damaged O-ring. The O-ring is a small, round piece attached to the screw that holds the handle in place. A worn out or loose O-ring can cause leakage, so replacing it may solve the problem.
A cartridge faucet leak could also be caused by the cartridge itself, which may need to be replaced. Make sure you have a compatible replacement cartridge to swap it with.
If the leak appears to be coming from the spout, the problem could be with the valve seat, which acts as the connector between the faucet and the spout. Water sediments can corrode the valve seat, resulting in a leak. You can keep this from happening by regularly cleaning the valve seat, preferably with the help of a professional.
Another common cause of spout leakage is problems with the washer that rests against the valve seat. The friction between these two parts can cause the washer to wear out over time. Faucet leaks can also occur if the washer is improperly installed or is the incorrect size. This is most common in compression faucets.
Inlet and outlet seals, like valve seats, can become corroded as water sediments accumulate.
If the faucet only drips at certain times of the day or when you move the handles in a certain way, your home’s water pressure could be to blame.
The stream screw’s adjusting ring and packing nuts can become loose over time, causing your sink handle to leak. Tightening or replacing the packing nut will usually solve the problem.
If the leak is coming from pipes beneath the sink, the most likely cause is a broken pipe or fitting. When this happens, you should call us.
To identify where a leaking tap is coming from, start by shutting off all your faucets and checking the water meter. If it’s still running then you have a plumbing leak somewhere in your house that needs to be repaired by a professional. After this, inspect the areas around sinks, toilets and tubs for any damp spots. Next, turn on the tap to see if water is coming out of the spout when it’s off – this would mean that the washer or cartridge needs replacing or reseating. Finally, look for water dripping from the handle when it’s turned on as this means that there is a faulty O-ring or rubber seal needing to be replaced. Depending on the type of tap you own, the repair process can vary in terms of cost and difficulty – traditional taps (with washers), ceramic disc taps (with cartridges), ball taps (with ball valves) and cartridge taps (with cartridges) are all different in their associated pros and cons.
Install water softeners if you live in a hard water area. Hard water contains minerals that can build up limescale inside your pipes and taps, which can damage them over time and cause leaks. Water softeners remove these minerals and make your water softer and safer for your plumbing system.
Replace worn out or damaged parts of your taps regularly. The most common parts that cause leaks are washers, cartridges, O-rings and rubber seals. These parts can wear out due to friction or corrosion and fail to seal the water flow properly. You can replace them yourself by following some simple steps or call a plumber if you are unsure how to do it.
Install aerators on your faucets. Aerators are small devices that reduce water flow by mixing air with water. This can save water consumption by up to 50% and also reduce wear and tear on your taps by lowering the pressure of the water stream.
Monitor your water usage and bill regularly. This can help you detect any unusual spikes or changes in your water consumption that may indicate a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. You can also use smart devices such as leak detectors or sensors that alert you when they detect a leak in real time.
It is important to be knowledgeable about your plumbing system and to have a basic understanding of how to shut off your water supply in case of an emergency. Familiarize yourself with where the stopcock and isolation valves that control the water flow are located. Make sure everyone living in your house knows how to turn off these valves if they sense any leaking or unusual noises coming from the pipes.
Many people often let many seemingly small and minor plumbing issues get away without calling a plumbing service. One of the biggest problems that people let off the hook is a leaking tap. In fact, more homes than you’d know have a leaking tap or faucet.
Every dripping faucet drop counts. Due to the leak, you may be overpaying your water bill, so take immediate action. A plumber should replace or repair your faucet for more than just your water bill. A leaking tap wastes resources. By hiring a plumber, you’ll save resources and improve the world. The average household wastes hundreds of gallons of water per year.
Fixing a leaking tap improves air quality and the home’s environment. A dripping faucet creates a moist environment that can promote mold and fungal growth. Molds and fungi can produce harmful spores. If respiratory problems have increased, dehumidify your home. Mold and moisture problems in the home can cause breathing problems and asthma, nasal stuffiness and sinus issues, and skin, eye, and throat irritation. If your immune system is weak, fungus and mold can worsen your health.
Leaking faucets cause more problems than they’re worth. It may reduce your quality of life, such as drips keeping you awake at night. Even worse, a strong leak may cause you to spray yourself with water and ruin your day. Overall, fixing your leak will improve your quality of life. Royal Flush is here to help you solve the issue quickly and affordably.