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When Should You Call for Tap Repair?

Taps are a fundamental component of any plumbing system, allowing water to flow with a simple turn of the handle. We often take them for granted,but like any household fixture, taps can undergo gradual wear and tear with regular use, leading to the need for repair.
Leaking taps are a major reason why your water bill maybe higher than expected.

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Common Signs of Tap Repair Needs

Dripping Taps

A dripping tap is an obvious sign that it’s time for tap repair. A dripping tap wastes water, which can significantly increase your water bill as well as the constant sound of dripping. The cause of a dripping tap is usually a worn-out or damaged washer or O-ring.
These can be an easy fix and can often be done as a DIY job. Make sure you get the right size washer or O ring.
It is important to get a dripping tap seen to as it can lead the tap requiring re seating if left unchecked.

Behind the tap is a brass connection, when water is leaking through from a worn washer, that small trickle of water creates minute grooves and erosion in the brass fitting. When the washers are replaced and the tap still drips, it will require re seating.
The brass fitting is ground back to be smooth again. If the grooves in the brass are too deep, the entire tap system will need to be replaced. If the tap is coming out of a wall – This will require the area in the wall to be completely removed so that the new tap connections can be installed.
This means tiles and waterproof membranes will be damaged in this process.
So don’t let a dripping tap stay dripping!

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Reduced Water Pressure or Flow

If your water pressure is low when you turn on your tap, a couple of reasons can be slowing down the water flow. This includes mineral buildup in the tap. This often happens on the little aerator that sits on the end of a tap. If you have Scalex or even vinegar, unscrew the little end piece and try soaking for a couple of hours. Other reasons can be a build up of sediment within the tap around the valve. This is harder to access and it maybe time to replace the tap ware. It is always surprising to see how much better water pressure is when an old tap is replaced.

Persistent Leaks

A persistent leak around the base of the tap or from the handles clearly indicates a problem that requires attention. These leaks can result from loose or damaged connections, worn-out seals, sometimes linked to high water pressure. If it is high water pressure, this will also need addressing.
If left, these leaks will cause water damage to your sink or countertop, and potentially leading to mould and mildew growth is the water is seeping into surrounding cabinetry.

Strange Noises

When you turn the tap on or off, unusual noises, such as banging, squeaking, or clanging, can indicate underlying issues. Loose components, water hammer, or problems within the plumbing system may cause these noises. While not always a critical issue, it’s a sign that you should consider tap repair before the problem worsens.

Difficulty Turning the Handle

When you notice that turning the tap handle becomes progressively challenging, it’s a sign that the internal components may be wearing out. Over time, the valve or other moving parts inside the tap can become corroded or coated with mineral deposits, making it harder to open and close the tap. Ignoring this issue can lead to a complete failure of the tap, making it impossible to use.

Why Timely Tap Repair Matters

Now that we’ve discussed some common signs that indicate a need for tap repair let’s explore why it’s essential to address these issues promptly.

Water Conservation

Dripping taps can potentially waste considerable water over an extended period. Even a slow, steady drip can accumulate in litres of water wastage each a month.

Cost Savings

In addition to saving water, repairing taps promptly will save you from needing the tap to be re seated.

Preventing Water Damage

Persistent leaks and drips can lead to water damage in your home. Water can seep into the surrounding structures, causing rot, mould, and other costly damage. Water dripping into sinks or bowls will also cause discoloration and you will need to replace the entire unit if the water marks cannot be removed. Timely tap repair can prevent these issues and help maintain the integrity of your home.

Extended Tap Lifespan

Regular tap maintenance and timely repairs can extend the lifespan of your taps. Instead of having to replace them prematurely, you can enjoy their service for a more extended period, ultimately saving you money.

Is Tap Repair a Job for Plumbers?

Whether tap repair is a job for plumbers depends on the issue’s complexity. Here’s a breakdown of when you might need a plumber’s expertise and when you can handle tap repair on your own:

Basic Repairs

You can often handle the repair for simple issues like a dripping tap or a loose handle. These problems typically involve replacing washers, O-rings, or tightening connections. But don’t feel ashamed to call a plumber if you find it challenging to handle.

Complex Problems

When the issue is more complicated, such as a severe leak, significant water pressure problems, or internal component malfunctions, it’s best to call a professional plumber. They have the experience and tools to effectively diagnose and address these complex issues.

Ongoing or Repeated Problems

If you’ve attempted to repair your tap multiple times, but the problem keeps recurring, it’s a sign that there might be an underlying issue within your plumbing system. A plumber can identify and address the root cause in such cases, ensuring a long-lasting solution.

Older Plumbing Systems

If your plumbing system is old or outdated, it’s more likely to experience frequent tap issues. Plumbers can assess the overall health of your plumbing and recommend necessary repairs or upgrades to prevent future tap problems.

Warranty Concerns

If your tap is still under warranty, attempting DIY repairs might void the warranty. To ensure that you maintain the warranty coverage, it’s advisable to have a licensed plumber handle any repairs.
See below for the reasons why a warranty claim can be voided.


Seamless Tap Repair Solutions

Experience a leak-free and efficient plumbing system with Plumbmaster Plumbing. Don’t let tap problems disrupt your daily life. Contact us today for expert tap repair services and enjoy peace of mind.

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  • Quick and Reliable Repairs
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  • Say goodbye to dripping taps!

Wrapping Up!

Taps play a vital role in our daily lives, and recognising the signs that indicate a need for tap repair is essential for maintaining a functional and efficient plumbing system. Timely tap repair can conserve water, save money, prevent water damage, and extend your tap’s lifespan. 

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