Every tap serves its own purpose. Hence to avoid plumbing issues such as a leaking tap, it is important to ensure that a tap is properly installed. When tap leakage happens, the continuous dripping of water will have an impact to your utility bills and may cause flooding or damage to your property if the tap leakage happens when you are asleep or away for holidays. Depending on the severity of the issue, some taps are beyond repair and will have to be replaced.
What causes Tap Leakage?
Below are the top reasons to why tap leaks happen.
- Because Tap or Faucet handles have a high usage over the span of their lifespan, they may become loose and see water dripping may occur as a result. The leaks worsen over time, and you will need to repair the tap or faucet handle of the tap or maybe even replace with a new tap or faucet.
- When there is a problem with the water pressure due to broken pipes, faucets can leak. If there is a pipe that is interfering with the faucet pressure, you should contact an experienced plumber like us, Plumbing Hub for assistance.
- Leaking water taps can be caused by one of several components that make up a broken faucet. This is especially common with mixer taps or compression faucets that handle both cold and hot water.
- If your tap installation or tap replacement is poorly done without the help of a professional plumber like us, Plumbing Hub, your tap could begin to leak after a short while.
- Corrosion on the rubber washers may happen in areas that have water with high level of chemicals. When the rubber washers that are supposed to prevent tap/faucets from leaking have corroded, it will lead to a tap/faucet leakage.
How to fix a Tap Leak?
Not all tap leak or faucet leak are difficult to fix. If you are confident, you may want to try fixing a tap leak yourself using the general guide below. Though we would think it would be best for you to engage a professional plumber like us, Plumbing Hub to repair or replace the tap.
- First have these Tools ready: Screwdriver (Philips head and Flat head), Adjustable Wrench, Scouring pad, WD-40 Lubricant, White Vinegar, Replacement parts
- Second is to ensure that the water supply is turned off. The shutoff valves, which are normally positioned below the sink, can be used to turn off the water supply. Alternatively, you can switch off the water supply for the entire house at the main supply valve. Turn on the faucet to ensure that the water supply has been turned off. The pressure from the supply lines will be dispersed as well. The drain should then be covered with a stopper to prevent any small parts from falling into it.
- Next you may attempt to dismantle the leaking tap or leaking faucet handles using the tools you had standby. With the flathead screwdriver, remove any decorative handles from the faucets. Then, using the Philips head screwdriver, remove the screws holding the handle in place. If any of the components appear to be rusty or difficult to remove, grease the region with WD-40 to help the parts loosen up. Place the parts aside and write a note on them so you know which ones belong to where.
- With a wrench, loosen the packing nut to uncover the stem beneath. By twisting or pulling the stem off the valve, it can be removed. Look for signs of rust or build-up on the packing nut and the stem. Inspect the O-ring and washer in the valve seat to make sure they are still in good working condition. If any of the components are unclean, clean them as needed, then make a note and put them away.
- After you’ve removed all of the components from the tap or faucet, you can look at the valves. Around the valve, there should be some mineral deposit or build-up. The white vinegar comes in helpful at this point. Apply the white vinegar to the build-up region and let the solution soak in for 10 to 15 minutes. During this time, the solution will dissolve the deposit, making it easy to remove. Clean the surface with the scouring pad. You can then remove the stopper and begin rinsing the valves with clean water to remove any debris or grime.
- Once the above steps have been completed, you may start to re-assemble back the tap or faucet using the reverse order that it was taken apart. If any of the components are damaged or rusted, you should always replace them with new ones. After confirming that all of the parts are securely fastened together, you can turn the supply back on. Look for any leaks in the tap or faucet.
- Note: If you have a faucet that has been around for a while, it may be time to consider replacing it. Most faucets last roughly ten years before they need to be repaired or replaced. If you noticed any leaks from multiple points, corrosion around the tap or faucet, spoilt or hard to find components etc., it is probably time to replace the tap or faucet.
If the above steps seems too complicated for you to try repair the leaking tap or leaking faucet yourself, contact Plumbing Hub via WhatsApp or call us at +65 8126 2092 immediately for assistance. You can count on us to deliver professional and reliable service with quality workmanship.