A leaking tap is never something to be happy about. Plumber or not, you must be aware of certain common reasons of tap leak. While most leaking taps have tell-tale signs externally, it is important to know your faucet behaviour to spot any hidden damage:-
1. Look for signs of damage –There are often small signs that something isn’t quite right. You would often be able to spot a creaky water pipe leading to a tap, little drips below a tap or a wash-basin, rusting, buckling, or some wall seepage around your taps. These are warning signs to immediately activate plumbing services, or someone who knows what they’re doing.
2. Keep the pipes warm – Although this is not very relevant in Singapore due to the hot weather, external piping is very vulnerable to low freezing temperatures. Under such circumstances, water turns into ice, increasing the volume of the water. This is commonly a reason for pipes to crack open. Make sure you wrap them with an insulating material, or cloth if your pipes are generally exposed to cold temperature. The alternative is to leave the faucet slightly open. Usually, the dripping flow of water is sufficient to prevent water from freezing.
3. Worn down washers– Even though a house can be very well-maintained, washers found in plumbing equipments usually wear off over time. When they fail, be prepared to encounter a leaking tap! You will probably need plumbing services to help fix your leaking tap. Always check your tap spigots and faucets for drips to save cost on utilities!
4. Cartridge damage – Cartridge damages can be easy to fix if they are noticed in time. Our Plumbers recommend replacing a new one and retrofitting them in the exact spot where the worn-out, damaged one is found. However, in case of a mechanical damage, it is best to shut off the water supply and go for a tap replacement. It is important to note here that you use a cartridge of matching dimensions as a replacement, or else just get a professional plumber to take care of it.
5. Water Pressure – Homeowners may often find that their leaking faucet only occurs at certain times of the day, or a particular pattern over a week. It may be worth considering whether the water pressure in the leaking faucet is too high. High pressure usually prevents water from flowing away beyond a certain point, causing it to well up in the pipeline. This causes the nearest available outlet, a tap or a toilet overflow tank, to give way, resulting in a leaking tap. If your flooring is wood or carpet, this may cause further damage to your home. To solve this problem, merely adjusting the water pressure for a smoother, uniform flow across the pipes will prevent a leaking tap from happen again.
So there you have it, the common reasons of having a leaking tap and ensure that the plumbing services are activated in time to prevent water damage. What other things do you think are relevant?