There is nothing more annoying than hearing the steady drip of a leaking tap. A leaking or dripping tap is one of the most common plumbing problems. Fortunately for you, this can be an easy repair that you may be able to do yourself for a fairly cheap price.
A tap that is leaking or dripping is usually a sign that a part of the tap is worn out and needs to be replaced. Often times it is a washer or a seal, as these parts wear out due to water pressure. These parts can easily be purchased at any hardware or plumbing store and are relatively easy to fix for even those with little home repair experience.
Fixing leaking or dripping taps should be a priority. While this doesn’t seem like a major problem, it can cost you over time. A slow leaking tap can waste between 15 and 20 gallons of water each day. In addition, it can corrode the tap or fixtures, stain sink bowls or basins, and ruin cabinets or floors if it is leaking on to them.
Another common problem with taps is the amount of water flowing through the spout. Water contains minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, in varying degrees depending on whether you have hard or soft water. Over time, these minerals can build up in the tap aerator, where the water comes out of the tap fixture. This piece can normally be taken apart from the tap by unscrewing it or twisting it off. You may be able to do this by hand, or you might need a wrench to give you a grip and help loosen it. Once you have it off, check it for mineral buildup or clogs. If minerals are built up in the aerator, you can remove them using a toothpick or a small brush, such as a toothbrush. To aid in cleaning you might also use some vinegar to loosen the minerals from the metal. Once you have it cleaned, return the part to the tap, and your water flow should be normal again.
Next time you are experiencing tap problems, remember that a leaking or dripping tap is one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners like yourself experience. Usually this problem can be easily fixed for a relatively cheap price, but should you run into problems or not have time to do it, contact your plumber who will be happy to come and fix it for you.
If you are unable or unwilling to do this then call First Call Plumbers on 0131 669 1007
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