Common causes of leaking taps

It may be tempting to ignore a leaking tap or practice your DIY skills, but you won’t be doing your purse or plumbing any favours. Leaking taps are one of the main sources of water wastage in the home and can cause long-term damage, so it’s best to call in a professional plumber straight away.

You’ll know you have a leaking tap if it’s hard to turn off and keeps dripping, or if water appears on the top of the sink or vanity. Common causes of leaking taps include:

  • Damaged washers that no longer control the flow of water in the pipe
  • O-rings that have worn down and cause leaking below the head when the tap is on
  • Failed mixer cartridges that result in water dripping out of the handle
  • Brass seats or valves that are pitted and need re-seating or grinding down.

How STS Plumbing can help

STS Plumbing can easily disassemble the leaking tap to find the cause and replace any faulty washers, O-rings or cartridges. While we’re there, we’ll clean out the tap bonnet and remove any debris, check any hoses and re-seat the tap body. We’ll then reassemble the tap and check carefully for any leaks.

If we think it’ll be cheaper to replace the leaking tap rather than repair it, we’ll let you know. We can order in any stock that’s required and install your new tap once it arrives.