Causes For Leaky Taps

We have all experienced the noise and irritation of a leaking tap. Aside from the annoyance of the sound you should also consider how much water you are wasting by not fixing it quickly. Over time the water wastage and the cost linked to this more than justifies get it fixed quickly.

Fortunately most leaky pipes don’t require a plumbing qualification to fix, it can be a fairly simple job that you can do yourself. The first thing to do is to understand what is causing the problem.

Damaged or Degraded Parts

Is the tap dripping steadily enough that it is almost a constant flow? If it is this could indicate that the washer within the tap that has degraded and should be replaced. If you have a compression tap the seals might have been damaged which has caused the dripping or if you have a cartridge tap the moving parts within the tap may need replacing.

Water Pressure Too High?

If your tap leaks at certain times of day like the middle of the night when no other fixtures or appliances are being used. This can indicate that the water pressure is to blame, water pressure building up causes leaks in your taps and eventually in your pipes. If you suspect that the water pressure being too high is causing your taps to leak then I suggest that you call a qualified plumber to check over your plumbing system and take steps to reduce your water pressure to appropriate levels. If you don’t the high water pressure can cause a great deal of damage to your plumbing system.

Cracks In Your Pipes

Whenever a pipe is loose or has a crack it leaks, in turn this causes any attached taps to drip and leak. If your taps is consistently leaking a steady stream this can indicate that you have cracks in your pipes. This can often occur during winter when freezing and thawing of water within the pipes can cause cracking.

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