Are you waking up to a constant dripping sound in the middle of the night? Or are you having problems turning the tap off enough to stop the water flow? If you are experiencing tap leaks and need some assistance, Service Fox can help. Our team of qualified and efficient plumbers use state of the art equipment and diagnostics to determine where your leak is coming from so that we can fix it fast.
Did you know, a leaking tap can actually waste more than 20,000 litres of water within 12 months? That’s a lot of wasted water. Not only that, but a leaking tap can also be a huge detriment to your water bill. Not only that, but if you have a small leak, it doesn’t take much for this to become fully cracked or burst, so it’s best you take care of it as early as possible. If water gets into your walls, flooring or the insides of your cupboards, it can lead to water stains, swelling and even dangerous mould.
A leaking tap is actually quite an easy fix, provided you get the professionals to assist. At Service Fox, we supply, service, repair and install taps and we use hydro seals to ensure your tapware lasts longer. Our team are trained to identify any problems, dismantle your current tapware and reassemble it, or replace it, as required. Whether you have problems in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry, we’re available to assist.
Your taps are an essential feature in your home and certainly some of the most used fittings. That’s why it’s essential you ensure they are in top working condition at all times, regardless of if they’re in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry or elsewhere. If your taps aren’t working properly, it can throw the entire home into mayhem, particularly at dinner or bath time. To keep them operational at all times, here are six signs you might need new taps:
Drip, Drip, Drip
Although most taps will leak at some point, if you can’t seem to fix the leak by simply replacing the washer inside it – it’s time to replace it instead. Often, the time you spend trying to fix the faucet costs more than what you’d pay to get a new tap anyway. You also don’t want to let a leak continue – this could lead to mould growth and of course, a much bigger problem if the tap breaks entirely when you aren’t expecting it.
Generally, faucets can make a lot of noise – but not all of it is positive. The sounds could be a sign that you need to do a little maintenance, or a warning that you need to do a lot. A screech, for example, could mean the washer rubber has hardened; clanking could be the result of a break; while clinking could be something stuck in the faucet – or it could even be the pipes themselves. A professional can check the taps to determine the cause.
Rust or Minerals
If your tap handle sticks when you try to move it, it’s possible there is a buildup of rust or minerals inside the tap. This can cause erosion, which in turn will stop the tap from working efficiently. When this happens, the only option is to replace it. If you don’t, you could end up with bits of rusted metal in your water, or other minerals you don’t want to be drinking.
Whether you’ve just given your faucets a make-over yourself and something still isn’t right, or they are suffering long-term wear and tear, if you have faulty parts, it’s time to replace them. You want to make sure your faucets are in top working condition at all times – if you’re not sure what the cause is, call in a professional to take a look. This is particularly important if you have previously done the work yourself.
Bad Smells & Dirty Water
If your water is smelling or looking a little off, it’s time for new faucets. Bad smells and colours in your water are likely caused by previously mentioned rust or minerals, seeping into the water. Or it could be a problem with your backflow or your pipes. Whatever the case, it can be harmful to your own health, and that of your household, so it’s essential you get it checked and replace the taps as necessary.
If you’ve been living in your home for years and you’ve never replaced the faucets, it could be a good time to do so. The lifespan of the faucet depends on its make and model and while some types are designed to last for decades, others may just last a few years. Regardless, as with anything, the older something is, the more likely it is to stop working efficiently. And you should generally replace your faucets after 15 years, just to be safe.
When To Get The Help Of A Plumber
While some tap replacements can be an easy DIY project, you don’t want to take any risks. If you’re not sure exactly what the problem is, a plumber will be able to detect and fix the problem fast and efficiently. And if there are bad smells, or if you suspect rust or mould is getting into your water, you should always call an affordable plumbing Sydney company to assist. Service Fox is a 24-hour plumber Sutherland Shire that also provides inner city plumbing, plumbing services eastern suburbs, and Manly plumbing service options to residents and businesses.
Regardless of how small the problem might seem, remember that when it comes to taps, something small can quickly become a big problem. Whether you need a plumber Sutherland Shire or plumber Cronulla, an emergency plumber Sydney Eastern Suburbs or a plumber Sydney inner west, or you need us to check blocked drains Cronulla, Service Fox has you covered.
Thanks to the wonders of indoor plumbing, we’re able to filter debris while flushing water down the drain and away from our homes. However, drains can, unfortunately, get themselves clogged during this process.
While it usually only starts out as a fairly minor issue, blocked drains and clogged pipes can very easily and quickly escalate into some pretty major problems which require costly repairs, such as pipe corrosion, flooding water, and sewage backing up.
What Does It Mean If Your Drain Becomes Clogged?
Whenever your drain becomes clogged, blocked, or is only draining water slowly, it will usually be caused by some kind of obstruction in the pipes, which will usually depend on which room the drain is located.
For example, the main cause of clogged drains in the bathroom is when soap scum builds up inside the pipes and binds with foreign particles of dirt, skin flakes, and especially hair. This accumulation of gunk continues building up over time as it reduces water flow and eventually blocks it off completely.
On the other hand, clogged drains in the kitchen are usually caused by the build-up of food particles, detergent soap scum, and cooking grease or oil. When food and other substances that are unable to quickly dissolve are washed down the drain, it doesn’t take too long before they create a significantly gunky and stubborn blockage.
While slow drains and blockages are a fairly common problem, they can sometimes be an early indicator of a much more serious plumbing problem such as gurgling drains, bad smells, broken pipes, or a tree root infiltration. These are significant situations that call for professional repair work before they end up causing broken water pipes, extensive interior damage, or raw sewage starts backing up inside your home or business.
6 Easy Tricks To Keep Your Drains Clear
While clogged drains in your home or business are always annoying, even more so when they happen regularly, they’re usually a preventable issue. And it’s much easier to prevent clogged drains by eliminating the problems that cause them than it is to unclog them. So, here’s the best ways to keep your drains clear and avoid clogging them altogether:
By taking these simple proactive measures, you’ll be able to limit how often your drain will clog by noticing any drainage issues before they cause more severe problems that are irreversible and costly.
What You Shouldn’t Do If You Drains Block Up
While something needs to be done if you have a clogged drain in your home or business, there are some things you shouldn’t do. For example:
DON’T keep running water down a completely blocked drain
DON’T use any other drains until you know the problem is with only the one drain
DON’T try pouring boiling water down a blocked drain
DON’T use acid drain cleaners or other dangerous chemicals
How Can Service Fox Help?
Attempting to fix basic issues with clogged drains by yourself is sometimes possible, but can be difficult without the right plumbing tools and knowledge. That’s why you should contact your expert local plumbers from Service Fox when you first notice any issues with slow drainage or clogging. Our professional experts offer a complete range of plumbing services to both residential and commercial properties, allowing us to locate the cause, deal with the issue, and provide your drains with a thorough deep clean.
You might be tempted to DIY your leaking taps, but at Service Fox, we’d recommend heading straight to the professionals or you could do more harm than good. It’s important to note as well, that in Australia, only licensed plumbers can actually carry out plumbing work legally, and that includes your leaking taps. So if you end up with flooding or damage as a result of anything you might have done – it’s likely insurance won’t cover it. Hiring a professional will ensure this doesn’t happen and you’ll be fully covered by your own insurance, and theirs.
The team at Service Fox have many years’ experience and the right training to handle all your tap repair problems. We’ll diagnose and fix the problem in less time than it takes you to Google how to do it yourself. We provide services across Sydney and the Central Coast so get in touch today.