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Effectively Fixing A Leaking Tap

January 6, 2021
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Not only are leaking taps annoying, but they are also highly expensive. A leaking tap will waste around ten drips per minute, which, when multiplied by the number of days it goes on for, results in costing you loads of money. Even though leaking taps are incredibly common, they’re also a super easy fix.

Apart from the obvious signs of a leaking tap, there are a few additional things you can keep an eye out for. Besides the annoying drip that is a telltale sign of a leaking tap, your water meter is another important place to look. After switching all your water off, you can look at the water meter to see if it’s still ticking as well. If this is the case, it’s most likely because you have a water leak. Another sign of a water leak is receiving a higher water bill than usual. If you can see that your water usage has changed dramatically since the previous bill, then fixing your water leak is imperative. 

After coming to the conclusion that your household does, in fact, have a water leak, you must take action immediately. Trying to figure out the exact location of the leak, whether that be from your tap, toilet, or drains, is the next step. By contacting a known and reputable plumber, you will get answers to all your questions. 

Fixing a leak yourself is also an option, and we will list the steps needed to do so correctly. 

  1. First, you must switch off your water supply, but turn on the tap you are working on. This will allow all the excess water to come out. 
  2. Next, you can take the covers off the tap, and to do so, using a screwdriver will most likely do the trick. If you look under each knob, there is a screw that fixes each handle. Once you unscrew this, you can gently remove the handle. If it’s not coming off easily, using oil to relieve the pressure is suggested. 
  3. With your hand or a wrench, you can unscrew the metal cover and completely remove all the headgear. At this point, you should be able to see a large body washer, o-ring, and jumper valve. 
  4. It’s recommended to check the o-ring and body washer because one of these two materials might be the cause of the leak. If they are in fact the cause of the leak, it’s an easy replacement. Remember, it’s vital to make sure that the replacements are the perfect fit. 
  5. Once you have found the leak, you can assemble all the parts to your tap. Make sure to add back all the nuts correctly, and to not over tighten them. After all the parts are back in place, you can turn on your main water supply and check your running water. 

Fixing your tap and still recognizing that there’s a leak may point to slightly more serious problems. Sometimes, exhausted seals, loose parts, or totally damaged plumbing can be the culprit. If this is the case, leaving it to the professionals is ideal. Instead of wasting more of your time and your money, getting in touch with a skilled plumber will easily relieve all your issues.