Leaky taps, blocked wastes or even overflowing toilets are just a phone call away from permanent repair. A new tap washer could save you hundreds of dollars.
Dripping taps are the number one cause of water wastage in Australia; a dripping tap can waste 24,000 litres of water a year! The steady drip of a tap or two can be enough to keep some people awake at night, so why not save your money and your time, and have your taps serviced by Handyman Assist as soon as possible.
If your taps are dripping, it is best to have them serviced or replaced quickly, as the drip indicates the tap has become old and worn, and the leak could get much worse very quickly. Leaking or dripping taps can also cost you money, as the amount of water lost can add up considerably over a period of time. If you turn off the tap ever more tightly, you are just delaying the inevitable as the washer is just being further damaged by over tightening.
What causes taps to leak?
Taps with washers are the most likely to leak compared to ceramic disc taps or mixer taps. The washer becomes worn as it acts as a ‘seal to stop the flow of water. Over time the washer will perish from being pushed into the ‘seat’ of the tap to stop water flow. When changing your washers, we will also recommend a full service of your taps. This includes ‘re-seating’, replacing o-rings and re-greasing the tap’s moving parts.
In some cases, it is more economically beneficial to just replace the entire tap if it is old and beyond repair – this is something we can also determine for you.
Ceramic disc taps will take a little longer than washer taps to leak, however they will also eventually leak. The ceramic disc will wear down after continued use and corrosion and will inevitably need to be replaced. This is done by removing the old ceramic discs and installing new ones in their place.
Mixer taps will leak due to the cartridge most of the time. The cartridge is located at the top of the tap, above the bench top before the spout and the entire cartridge will need to be removed and replaced with a new one. Often it is recommended to replace the entire mixer tap as model specific cartridges can be expensive, and it could suggest that your entire tap may be close to the end of its life. Replacing it could be cheaper in the long run.
Most taps are also connected to the water supply below the sink with ‘flexible hoses’ which would ideally (but rare) each have their own mini stop tap. When you replace your taps, it is highly recommended that ALL flexible pipes are also replaced. These should be replaced every 5 years anyway, as they can easily perish and have been known to burst when they get too old.
If you would prefer a whole new set of taps for your bathroom, or a new mixer for the kitchen say, Handyman Assist can supply and install suitable replacements.
If you are looking for a specific type or look, it is best you source the taps yourself to avoid us ordering a tap set you are not happy with. Be sure to ask that we inspect first, so we can give you any specific dimensions and help suggest the types of taps that would be suitable.
After all, there is nothing worse than paying for a tap that doesn’t fit.