Leaking tapware may seem like a simple problem to fix, but there is a strong possibility that something more menacing is going on inside without your knowledge. If you notice any of these indicators of distressed taps in your home, call a professional to get the problem solved. In some instances, you may need to replace old and worn out tapware.
Constant Drips From Taps
A constant drip in your tap can waste a significant amount of water every day and it will drive you crazy if you don't get it checked quickly. Dripping taps or slow leaks are usually the result of a worn out or eroded washer. This is especially common if you have older tapware because rubber washers tend to wear out more easily than more recent ceramic washers installed in taps. If the washer has worn out because of age, it may be more prudent for you to replace your tapware instead of trying to fix the problem.
Tap Water Flow Is Erratic
You'll obviously want your tap to discharge a consistent stream of water when you're brushing your teeth or washing dishes. If the water flow from your tapware is erratic, then it could be because of an internal blockage that should be flushed out. This blockage may be the result of mineral deposits and lime scale forming along the taps over time. It could also be because of some other debris blockage somewhere in the system. A professional will need to check and fix the problem. If the deposits are impenetrable because of the duration they spent on your tapware, replacement may be your most likely solution to restore normal water flow.
Tap Handles Are Cracked And Make Odd Sounds
Tap handles are well engineered to last for a long time. But when you notice the finish starting to wear out and the handles forming cracks, then it is a sign that your tap's O-rings, washers, screws, valves or clips need replacement. If your handle makes screeching sounds while you operate it, then it could be because of worn out rubber washers or built-up residue internally. Worn out rubber washers or screws will trigger screeching sounds when water flows through them, so you will need a professional to look into the problem before determining whether repair or replacement is a better solution for your tapware.
Tapware needs to be in good working condition to optimise your water usage. If you notice any of these hidden indicators of distressed taps in your home, call a professional to rectify the problem.