A Dripping Tap is an annoyance that we all dread, whether like me, its an urge to completely stop the water flow or just an economical sense to stop any wastage.
Ignoring a leaky tap is never a smart idea; by addressing it sooner rather than later, you will prevent damage and make the repair easier. Repairing a leaking faucet will help reduce water waste.
Modern faucets have come a long way. Not long ago, all you needed was an assortment pack of rubber washers from any local hardware shop and a little know-how.
Mono Bloc Taps
Things are different with a dripping monobloc tap. Because modern taps use “ceramic disc technology,” you will need to contact your tap’s supplier to purchase the necessary component. The good news is that, under typical conditions, the cartridge should last 10 to fifteen years.
The repair process
Before you begin your leaking tap repair, turn off the water supply to that tap.
Turning the tap handle will generally reveal if your dripping tap employs rubber washers or ceramic discs. If the tap employs ceramic discs. The handle will only rotate a quarter or half turn. If the handle turns more than this, your tap has a rubber washer. In every attempt to fix a leaky tap, the differential must be identified.
Some mono basin mixer taps utilise a ceramic disc cartridge that is particular to a single brand, so verify before purchasing a replacement to repair a leaky tap.
If your taps utilise a ceramic disc, you will need to replace the complete valve, but if it uses a rubber washer, you can only replace the little washer.
Worn O-rings are frequently the source of leaky kitchen taps, but O-rings can also be found on the body of the valve in other taps. If your taps continue to leak even after you’ve replaced the washer. Check to see if the o-rings and seals are worn.
Problems in Older Taps
A faulty washer is generally at blame with older taps. Examine the interior of the tap, and if the washer is slightly broken on one side, reinsert it the opposite way up. This will only temporarily halt the drip, so you’ll need to replace it as soon as possible.
When turning your taps on and off, be careful not to overtighten them, since this can cause the rubber washers to wear out rapidly. Taps with a rubber washer and compression valve tend to drip a few of times after you turn them off. But you don’t have to keep tightening them. Allow the leftover water to drain without further tightening the tap.
Remember, if you have any worries about changing a tap washer by yourself, we recommend obtaining expert assistance.