Frequently Asked Questions about Tapware

The most likely reason for a leaking tap is a damaged or broken washer. However, it could also be a damaged valve seating or broken O-ring.

If your tap leaks while turned off, then it is most likely the washer. You’ll also find yourself trying to turn the tap off harder and harder to stop the drip – don’t do this! That just wears the washer down more.

If the water leaking from your tap comes from the fitting itself, around the body or spindle, then it is probably the O-ring.

Finally, the tap valve seating may be damaged itself. The various components which make up the valve seating should all be replaced together.

A leaking tap can be fixed relatively easily by replacing the damaged parts. It’s important to note, however, repeated repairs over a short time frame likely indicate you need to replace all the tapware.

Taps and faucets do have a fixed lifetime, and once you’re replacing washers and parts routinely, it’s better to upgrade. That can also help modernise your bathroom or kitchen, too.

The leak could also be caused by a leaking pipe and water pressure issues, so never be afraid to call in an expert plumber from Mr Emergency.

On average you can expect 10 solid years of service from your tapware, including faucets and showerheads.

By this time you’ll notice some external wear and tear, and internal parts such as washers and O-rings might be getting replaced yearly.

Newer showerheads will be more water efficient, too. So if you’re interested in modernising your home and tightening up on water efficiency, take a look at tapware upgrades every decade or so. This will also save you regular repair costs.

To be sure your tapware will also last a long time, it’s strongly recommended you call in a licensed plumber who can professionally install and replace any parts.