During manufacture, many taps can end up with a small amount of grit or silt residue left inside, which is not always successfully removed when they are tested for performance. During the installation of your taps, your plumber as part of the installation process should flush the taps through to eliminate any silt or grit that may be residing in the tap to prevent having to fix a leaking tap later on. If this part of the installation process is missed, it can commonly cause a tap to form a slight drip.
The other scenario is that once your tap is installed and turned on, your water pipes can become disturbed. This can cause any silt or grit to be forced up and dislodge in the tap causing a blockage, which can result in you having to fix a leaking tap. The blockage is caused by small bits of grit becoming dislodged between two ceramic discs which are unable to close properly, resulting in the tap dripping. However, this is something that can be easily fixed by flushing through the tap with water.
Save yourself calling out a costly plumber by following these easy steps.
How to Fix a Leaking Tap 101
It's essential to know that a dripping tap is almost always caused by residue debris - something that can be easily cleared by yourself at home.
First - Isolate the water supply as you don’t want to get soaking wet. If you have a mixer tap you may need to turn off both the hot and cold water supply to the tap.
Second - Remove the taps’ head using a spanner to reveal a grub screw which needs removing.
Third - One you have detached the tap, flush the unit through with cold water to remove any debris that may be causing the leak.
If there is limescale present, a small amount of vinegar can do wonders in removing it. Simply soak the tap in cold water with a small amount of vinegar for a quick fix.
Ceramic disc cartridges are built to last for years, however, on rare occasions they cannot be fixed and a new ceramic disc cartridge may be needed which can be supplied by the manufacturer.
If you are using these methods on an older tap, please note that they may not fix it and it might be a case that the washer has worn, or the ceramic disc cartridge may need replacing. If your tap is of a considerate age it might be worth considering installing a new one. The repercussions of a leaky tap over time can be costly and cause significant damage. From unsightly staining to the tap itself or the sink in which it supplies, to the surrounding decor, as well as being a waste of money.
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A Final Word…
We hope you found this guide helpful in helping you find a quick way to fix your leaking tap. If you have any feedback or questions, contact our friendly team via live chat or email and we'll be happy to help.