Frequently Asked Questions about Leaking Taps

Taps will leak if they are damaged, corroded, installed incorrectly or have loose parts. This can happen as the tap ages with general wear and tear or earlier if there are other plumbing problems in your home.

You can temporarily stop the sound of a leaking tap by tying a string around the aerator and cutting it so the end touches the basin. Instead of falling from the aerator to the basin and making a sound, the drip will silently travel down the length of the string.

A leaking tap can waste up to 20,000 litres of water in a year if left unrepaired. The amount of water lost will depend on the severity of the drip.

You don’t need a plumber to fix a dripping tap, but it is recommended. If the cause of your leaking tap is caused by more major plumbing problems, you won’t know until those problems need extra repairs later on.