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A Doncaster plumber explains common tap problems in the home

2018-06-15T06:44:13+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Plumbing|

Taps.

They’re in our bathrooms, kitchens, and laundries.

But we’d probably never give them a second thought… that is, until they become problematic!

When functioning as we expect, we would hardly spend a second of our day thinking about taps. However, when things start to head south, and you notice growing problems with your taps, it’s time to get them fixed.

Tap solutions are normally pretty non-invasive and relatively quick, but it’s important to remember, as always, to engage only a licensed and qualified Doncaster plumber to repair or replace your taps.

Are you experiencing any of the following common tap problems?

Give our friendly H2-Pro team a call for rapid replacement in Doncaster, Warrandyte, Eltham, or any other surrounding suburb.

 

Drip, drip, drip – my taps won’t stop dripping!

No matter how hard you turn them “off”, you can’t escape that unmistakeable sound of a dripping tap.

Not only is it a total waste of water, it’s also plain annoying!

You mightn’t think a dripping tap could possibly waste that much water, but a constant drip multiplied over all hours of the day and night for months on end can waste, wait for it, 20,000 litres of water in a year!

Some common causes of a dripping tap include:

  • Tap washer needs replacing
  • Worn or damaged valve
  • Previous DIY work that wasn’t quite right
  • Some sort of problem deep within your household’s plumbing

 

Low water pressure

First, we recommend checking with your neighbours. If they’re experiencing low water pressure too, this likely indicates a problem with your water supplier rather than internal plumbing.

However if they’re not experiencing the same problems as you, all signs point to internal plumbing.

Best to call a licensed local plumbing to check your home’s plumbing for any blockages or defective piping that’s causing your water pressure to fall to lacklustre levels.

 

Water hammer

You mightn’t have heard of the term “water hammer” but chances you’ve actually heard it in action!

It’s that sudden thud you hear when you turn taps off. It’s often so loud that it can literally cause your house to shake. These constant and abrupt stops can cause damage to your pipes. Water hammer is especially prevalent in older houses with older plumbing.

 

You’re sick of dealing with separate hot and cold taps

We know it doesn’t sound like much of a big deal, and it’s more of an inconvenience than a problem.

But, you’ve finally reached the point where you are sick of separate taps for hot and cold water!

Currently, if you want warm water, you have to plug the sink, turn on both taps and wait… otherwise, you’d have to make do with cold water.

And don’t think about using the hot tap either – without modern tempering valves, you ran the risk of burning yourself every time you wanted something warmer!

Hot and cold taps are distinctly British, but that didn’t stop some of them from making their way Down Under, where they’re prevalent in old houses with old plumbing.

The result? Replacing separate taps with a combined tap that offers precise temperature control – all from a single spout!

Common tap problems

Why can’t I DIY?

While we don’t begrudge you for wanting to learn how to fix minor problems around the house, when it comes to something like tap installation, we recommend leaving it to the professionals.

Installing a new tap goes beyond installing in a new washer. Oftentimes, you’ll have to:

  • Completely disassemble your tap
  • Replace O-rings
  • Install new connectors
  • Install PTR valves
  • Cut space in your sink

This is a bit beyond the scope of most amateur DIY-ers. What if you do something wrong or cause some real damage?

It’s just not worth it. That’s why you should always call a licensed plumber.

 

Planning to upgrade your taps? Find a reliable Doncaster plumber for advice!

Populated since the mid-1800s, this part of Melbourne is one of the oldest. And an old town equals old houses. There are plenty of old homes still standing, many with original plumbing fixtures!

If you’re still living with Victorian-era plumbing, it might be time to arrange an upgrade. And for that, you’ll want a Doncaster plumber by your side!

H2-Pro offers comprehensive plumbing services throughout Melbourne’s north-east, with a focus on delivering friendly, local plumbing services for your home.

From complete kitchen and bathroom renovations to swapping to a more modern tap, no job is too big (or small) for the H2-Pro team!

Call us today on (03) 9844 1444 or get in touch here to see how we can help you!

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