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A Leaking tap is not only pesky, but it costs you money every day.
Not to mention the damage caused to cabinets and floors from the constant exposure to drops of water.
But it isn’t your fault; leaking taps are very hard to avoid in homes all throughout Sydney. The pressure that delivers the water also weakens the seals on your top, making them very susceptible to wear and tear.
The earlier you fix a leaking tap, the better it is for your home and business. We here at AEP are committed to repairing your leaking tap so you can have peace mind.
What are symptoms of a Leaking Tap?
- Your tap keeps dripping water.
- The handles of your tap are dripping water.
- You have difficulty opening the tap all the way.
- Your taps are noisy.
- Inconsistent or jolted water flow from your taps or shower.
- Your tap whistles or ‘screeches’ when you turn it on.
How we repair your leaking tap in 3 easy steps.
We conduct a full inspection and diagnosis of your leaking taps.
Our expert team will perform a complete and thorough investigation of your leaking taps to find the root cause of your issue.
Provide a free estimate with no surprises.
Our friendly team will provide you with solutions and upfront pricing.
We fix your leaking tap quickly and comfortably.
Our expert plumbers will fix your leaking tap and advise on the cause of the problem so you can prevent it in the future.
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are a bunch of different reasons why taps may leak; some are easy enough to fix, while others are more complicated and will require the services of a plumber.
Damaged cartridge: The cartridge is the interior part of your tap that helps control water flow and temperature. It can become damaged by debris or corrosion. You can replace the cartridge without too much hassle. However, it's important to choose the correct size and know what you're doing before you start.
Excessive water pressure: If your home has excessive water pressure, it can cause leaks at taps and other fittings. High pressure creates more force against the O-ring seals and washers, which can then wear out prematurely. Have a plumber install a pressure reducing valve (PRV) to solve this problem.
Corroded washer: A common cause of leaking taps, especially those that drip but won't turn off completely, is the valve seat's corroded washer or worn-out rubber seal. The solution is to change the washer or O-ring seal. Always use genuine replacement parts from your tap manufacturer to ensure that they fit correctly and last for years.
Damaged O-ring: This is one of the most common causes of a leaking tap. The O-ring is located at the base of the handle, and you may need to remove the handle to locate it. If it is torn, compressed, or damaged, you will need to replace it with a new one. You can find these at your local hardware store. They have different sizes so take your old one to get the right size replacement.
Damaged valve seat by mineral build-up: If your tap has not been used for any extended period of time, then there is a chance that minerals have built upon the valve seat. This can be fixed by cleaning off the valve seat with vinegar. If this doesn't work, you will need to call a plumber to assist you.
When a tap leaks, it wastes water and money alike. Thankfully, you can stop a leaking tap in a few minutes temporarily before hiring a professional plumber.
The quickest way to stop a leaking tap is to turn off the water shut-off valve on the pipe behind the tap. If you turn the valve clockwise, you'll stop the water flow into the fixture and stop the leak.
If you don't want to turn off the valve because you need access to hot or cold water elsewhere in your house, wrap some Teflon tape around the threads on either side of your faucet. This will seal up any gaps and prevent water from coming through. You can also cover the faucet with a plastic bag or stick one or two fingers over it to stop the leak.
Immediate or temporary solutions to stop a leaky faucet:
- Turn off the water supply valve: The first thing you should do is turn your water off. This will help prevent any further damage to the faucet.
- Apply putty, then tighten up the bolts: One quick and easy solution is to use putty. First, place a small pea-sized amount in between parts where there is no longer any seal from wear and tear. Then, hold the faucet at its base and tighten the bolts that connect it to the sink by placing a spanner over them and turning clockwise until they're completely tight. Now, try turning your taps on and see if you still get any dripping or leaking.
- If your faucet is leaking around its stem or spout, try using a plumber's tape instead of putty. You can wrap this around any part of the plumbing system that needs sealing, including pipes and fittings!
- If all else fails, replace both washers (if there are two) from inside.
- You should also look at your faucet handle and see if there are any leaks there. If there are, you may be able to fix them by simply tightening up any loose nuts on the handle itself with a wrench or screwdriver.
- If none of these solutions works for you, it might be time to call in a plumber or even replace your faucet entirely.
- If the faucet is still leaking or constantly dripping, you might need a plumber. If there's no way for you to fix the leaking tap, call a licensed plumber who will be able to quickly come out to your home and fix the problem for you.