Why are My Taps Leaking?

May 8, 2021by Alex

Leaky taps are a common problem that many homeowners face. While a dripping tap may seem like a minor inconvenience, it can lead to wasted water and higher water bills over time. Additionally, it can be a sign of a more serious plumbing issue. Here are some common reasons why your taps might be leaking:

Worn or Damaged Washers

Washers are a vital component of the tap that creates a watertight seal to prevent leaks. They are usually made of rubber or silicone and are designed to compress against the valve seat, effectively stopping the flow of water when the tap is closed. Over time, these washers can become worn or damaged due to regular use or mineral buildup, causing water to leak out of the tap. Ignoring a leaking tap can lead to increased water bills and potential damage to your plumbing system.

If you notice a leak, it’s important to replace the washer or call a professional plumber to fix the issue. Regular maintenance and inspections can also help prevent leaks by identifying any worn washers before they cause a problem.

Corroded Valves

Corrosion is a common cause of tap leaks, and it can occur due to several factors. One of the most common causes is exposure to hard water. Hard water contains high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which can build up in your tap’s valves over time and cause corrosion. High water pressure can also cause your tap’s valves to wear out more quickly, leading to leaks. Additionally, exposure to chemicals or pollutants can also contribute to corrosion in your tap’s valves. It’s important to address these issues promptly to prevent further damage and potential water damage to your home. Regular maintenance and cleaning of your plumbing system can also help prevent corrosion and extend the lifespan of your taps.

Loose or Damaged Fittings

Fittings are an essential part of any tap and are responsible for connecting the various components that make up the tap. They can become loose over time due to wear and tear, or may become damaged by physical impact or exposure to harsh chemicals. Loose or damaged fittings can cause leaks in your tap and may also affect its performance. If you notice any signs of leaks or a drop in water pressure, it’s important to have your tap inspected by a professional plumber. They can identify any issues with the fittings and make the necessary repairs or replacements to ensure your tap is functioning properly. Regular maintenance and inspections can also help prevent loose or damaged fittings and extend the lifespan of your tap.

Improper Installation

Improper installation of taps can result in various problems, including leaks. If the taps were not installed correctly, there may be issues with the fittings or connections, which can cause leaks. This is especially true for DIY installations, where inexperienced homeowners may not be aware of the correct installation procedures or may not have the necessary tools and equipment.

Professional plumbers have the expertise and experience to ensure that the taps are installed correctly, with all the fittings and connections tightened securely to prevent leaks. If you suspect that your taps were not installed correctly, it is important to have a professional plumber inspect them to identify and fix any issues before they lead to bigger problems.

It is important to address tap leaks as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your plumbing system and to conserve water. If you are experiencing tap leaks, it is best to contact a professional plumber to diagnose and fix the issue.


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