When it comes to a leaky tap or a dripping tap, you may be throwing away more than a decent night's sleep; you may be throwing away money. Over time, the drip in your bathroom sink could end up costing thousands of pounds, and on top of that, you may end up with rusted, corroded or moldy fixtures. If you're interested in some simple and effective ways to repair a leaking bathroom tap, here are some tips:
1. Get to Know Your Tap
The first step in combating any bathroom sink leak is to get to know how your tap and bathroom plumbing works. Begin by turning off the water supply to your home at the shut-off valve and then run your sink until the water stops flowing. Next, you can pry off the decorative cap on your tap's handle and remove any screws. From there, you should be able to see some of the most important innerworkings of your tap, including the mechanisms responsible for delivering water through the tap and out its spout.
Although there are a number of different faucet types out there, including cartridge, ball-joint, compression and disc-type faucets, you should always get to know how your tap functions before beginning any repairs.
2. Look for Loose Seals
One of the most common causes of a leak in a bathroom sink tap is a loose seal. Virtually all types of tap designs will employ rubber washers that are designed to keep water from releasing through a tap handle or under a tap base, but if these washers become worn, misaligned or warped, you may experience a leak when the water is turned on. Additionally, these problems can lead to small amounts of water leaking through to the spout, ultimately resulting in a drip. Replace any worn washers or realign and properly seat any misaligned washers, ensuring that each creates a tight seal before putting your tap back together.
3. Check for Loose Connections
If you're experiencing a leak underneath your bathroom sink, it may be due to loose or worn connections or hoses. In virtually all tap designs, the hot and cold water lines generally connect to the tap via rubber hoses underneath the tap's base. These hoses may be connected by plastic clips, or they may be connected by a threaded base. In order to test these connections, make sure that your main water supply is turned on, and then run water through the tap while looking at these connections. If you see water running from the connections or from areas of your hoses, you may need to tighten the connections or replace worn hoses.
If you've tried the methods listed above and you're still experiencing a leak, it may be time to contact a professional plumber. A professional plumber will be able to give you more advice on how to repair a leaking bathroom sink, and they will also be able to complete any repairs that need to be made. Keep in mind that some leaks may be more complicated to repair, so at the very least, it's always best to avoid damage by consulting with a professional before beginning any work yourself.
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