The sound of a leaking tap is perhaps one of the most annoying sounds there is on the planet. Persistent, loud (or soft, but just as irritating), and nagging, the sound can render people sleepless throughout the night or unable to concentrate on tasks that require a calm or distraction-free environment.
It doesn’t help that when your tap continues to drip for extended periods of time, at the back of your mind you’re also worried about how much water your household is wasting, and how much your water bills could be rising because of the leak.
Of course, there’s absolutely no reason to let this situation remain unresolved. The best (and only) people to turn to, to put an end to your dripping tap? Melbourne home and commercial property owners should rely on no other professionals to address the leaking tap than plumbing technicians who are trained specifically to take care of such issues.
If your taps have one or two handles that are operated by easily turning these handles, then they are called cartridge taps. When these show signs of leaking, it generally means that the entire valve found inside the tap will have to be replaced.
O-rings are found in several kinds of taps, including cartridge taps (described earlier) and compression taps—ones that come with two separate handles that you can tighten or loosen in order to bring out hot or cold water. This component is typically installed inside the tap handles for the purpose of providing a waterproof seal. This seal can break when the o-ring comes loose or is damaged, and a leaking handle is the result. Your plumber can fix the leak by installing a correctly sized replacement o-ring.
Washers are only found in compression-type taps. They are actually one of the most common causes of leaks in taps, primarily because these small parts are prone to damage and corrosion. It’s also possible that they are improperly positioned inside the compression valve, thus resulting in a leak. Replacing washers in each tap handle could be all that needs to be done to stop the leak. As simple as fixing these possible causes for leaks may seem, it can also be quite easy to improperly install the crucial parts of your taps, even if you use the correct component. In such cases, the leaks would remain—still driving you out of your wits with the noise, wastage, and inconvenience they cause. Your only option, then, should be to call in the plumbing professionals who can effectively solve your leak issues once and for all.