Leaking taps might seem like an easy DIY fix, but beneath your worn out washers, there could be something more sinister going on. Getting a professional opinion could mean the difference between a small drip and a large disaster, so it’s always good to play it safe. Our Service Today team have 5 handy tips to tell if your tap needs replacing.
1. Disturbing Drips
A slow leaking or constantly dripping tap can waste up to 2,000 litres of water a month. We’ve all been driven mad by the sound of an eternally dripping tap while we try and drift off to sleep. If you find yourself trying to turn the tap tighter to stop the dripping, it might be time to fix your faucet. Depending on the age and condition of your tap, it could be cheaper to replace it than fix it.
2. Inconsistent Water Flow
When it comes to water flow, your tap and shower should be consistent. If your water flow seems jolted, you might have a blockage and the tap may need to be flushed out. Over time, mineral deposits from hard water build up and rust starts to form which can affect your water flow and pressure.
3. Worn Out Washers
Our team of plumbers fix thousands of taps every year and more often than not, the common culprit behind leaking taps is a damaged or eroded washer. In older taps, the rubber washers tend to wear out quicker than newer, ceramic washers and often when the washer goes, it’s a sign that the other parts need changing. Before you reach for your wrench, get a professional opinion.
4. Cracked Handles
Modern taps and faucets tend to be quite well made and can usually last around 10 years. When the finish starts wearing away and the handles become discoloured or cracked, it’s generally a warning sign that your taps washers, O-rings, screws, clips, and valve assembly might need replacing.
5. Screeching Tap
If your tap screams or whistles when you turn it on, this sound might be a signal that something more serious is happening in your pipes and it’s time to call a plumber. As rubber washers wear out, they tend to make a screeching noise when water passes through them. In some cases, residue build-up can damage the washer seat and restrict the water flow.