Faucet / Tap Leak

How to Fix a Faucet/Tap Leaks

leaking faucet

If you're experiencing a water leak in your home, it's essential to identify the source of the leak as soon as possible. A faucet or tap leak can be a big problem and lead to water damage if not repaired. We will discuss how to identify and repair a faucet or tap leak. We'll also provide some tips on how to prevent future leaks.

A tap can be used for many things, such as kitchen sink taps, bathroom washbasin taps, shower mixer taps, washing machine taps, and home garden taps. It's vital to make sure a tap is correctly positioned so that plumbing problems like a leaking tap don't occur. We provide a wide range of taps & faucets that meet various needs. You may rely on my24plumbing's team of professional experts to install or replace any tap for your family. Please send us an email at +65 97897227 to book an appointment.

Reasons for Leaking Taps/Faucet

Hard Water Buildup

Corrosion on the rubber washers intended to prevent faucets from leaking may be found in regions that have high levels of chemicals in the water. This eventually causes a dripping faucet.

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The Washer

The Washer

The most frequent source of tap leaks. This tiny rubber or leather ring presses down on the end of your water pipe to prevent water from flowing. They may rust, be damaged by use over time, or not have been installed correctly in the first place.

The O-Ring

This component fits inside your tap handles to form a waterproof seal. These may be damaged or come loose, which would result in water leaking near the handle of your tap.

The faucet O-Rin
the faucet cartridge

The Cartridge

Your water supply line comprises your cartridge, one of your tap's basic units. It can be damaged by accidents or wear and tear over time. It's simple to replace a cartridge if you have the correct information about how a tap works, so don't hesitate to contact My24plumbing if you lack this knowledge.

The Valve Seat

The spout's most vulnerable section is where the spout meets the tap. Mineral buildup or normal wear and tear can damage this area over time. A leaking faucet may be quickly fixed with the appropriate equipment due to a valve seat.

The Valve Seat
faucet loose

Loose Parts

Because the components within your tap are loose, it may be leaking due to a leaky tap. Try tightening any movable parts, such as washers and O-rings. It's time to replace them if the problem persists. If the leak continues despite your efforts, you should look for other causes or hire a plumber.

Excessive Water Pressure

That leaking tap might be caused by low water pressure. Excessively high water pressure prevents water from properly flowing to and from its destination. This leads to pipes becoming clogged with water. As a result, your faucets will leak.

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Pipe Issues

Pipe Issues

The high water pressure might also be an indication of a plumbing problem. Water pressure fluctuates for various reasons, including corrosion, cracks, and root damage. Strange scents and odd-colored water with significant leaks are just three more potential signs that you could have pipe issues.

Tap Types

Some taps are more prone to leak, such as ball-type faucets. A metal ball regulates the amount of water and pressure in these taps.

It concludes our list of the most common causes of tap leaks. While we assist with leaking taps at My24hrsplumbing - we're a professional blocked drain plumber, not a plumbing expert, so if you or anybody you know is having difficulties with a clogged drain in Singapore, don't hesitate to get in touch with My24hrsplumbing.

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plumber fixing sink tap

Why Should You Fix Your Leaky Tap Today?

One disadvantage of having a leaking faucet is the unsightly water stains that accumulate over time. These stains may be hard to withdraw and make your house appear older than it is. The removal of these stains adds both money and time to the equation. If a large leak occurs in an operating tap when you are asleep or on vacation, it may cause flooding and property damage.

You'll also save money by having that leaky faucet fixed now rather than waiting for your water bill. By replacing a faucet early, you will help to preserve the environment while also saving water.

Faulty Tap/Faucet Repair

Some leaks are simple to repair, so you don't need to call a plumber unless it is an emergency. If you're good at dealing with problems like this, check out our guide on fixing a faulty faucet. If you get caught while repairing and can't move forward, consider seeking help from non-emergency plumbing services.

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Instruments

Instruments

You'll need the following items first and foremost. You may not require all of the equipment if the problem is severe. Check whether any of the above possible reasons for the leaking faucet apply to you. If done correctly, repairing it will take around an hour. Here is a list of things you might require:

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • WD-40 (Lubricant)
  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Scouring pad
  • White vinegar
  • Replacement parts

Turn The Water Supply Off

Before attempting a leaking faucet repair, always turn the water off. If you leave the water supply on after turning off the main shutoff valve, you will end up with a flooded toilet/kitchen. The water supply can be shut off at the shutoff valves, generally below the sink. Alternatively, you may turn off the whole house's water supply using the main supply valve. Ensure the water is turned off by flipping open any faucets. This also allows pressure to dissipate from the supply lines by covering them with a stopper. Shield the drain with a plug to prevent tiny parts from going in.

Turning off Your Water Supply
Plumber repairing the basin tap

Dismantle The Leaking Faucet Handles

Now it is time to use the tools. Use the flathead screwdriver to remove any ornamental handles from the faucets. Then use the Philips head screwdriver to remove the screws holding the handle in place. If any of the components appear to be rusted or difficult to remove, use WD-40 to lubricate them, and they will become more pliable. Put aside the components and write a note on them so you can identify which ones go together later.

Examine The Faucet Parts

Remove the packing nut with a wrench to expose the stem within. Twist or pry off the valve stem using a pair of pliers or a screwdriver. Check for any signs of corrosion or buildup on the packing nut and stem. Also, check both the O-ring and washer in the valve seat to ensure that they are still working. If any component is unclean, clean it as needed, then set it aside and label it with a note.

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fixing basin tap

Sterilize The Valves

When all elements have been removed from the faucet, look at the valves. Mineral deposits or buildup may be visible around the valve. This is when white vinegar comes in handy. Over the deposit area, apply a layer of white vinegar and allow it to sit for approximately 10-15 minutes. The solution will dissolve the deposit, allowing it to be easily removed. Washing the valves with clean water will remove any dirt or debris after being soaked with scouring soda.

Steps to how we work

1.

Analize need and pricing.

Because each work environment and the severity of the plumbing problem are actually different,

Most of the water work requires on-site assessment to provide an accurate repair plan and cost...

2.

Materials and realization.

Once the assessment is complete and the homeowner agrees with our plumber's proposal and offer,

Immediately we will start preparing the necessary plumbing materials and tools, hen start work and get the job done.

3.

Cleaning and finish

Whether it's repairing a leaks water pipe or unblocking a blockage, when the work is completed, it is inevitable that the floor will be dirty due to the overflow of sewage,

Don't worry, our well-trained plumber will take care of cleaning up the grime for you, after that, that’s be considered job done.

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