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Thursday, January 19, 2012

My shower taps continue to drip even after I have changed the washers. Do I need new tapware? What is the cost? Marie - Magill

Hi Marie,

Unfortunately just changing your tap washers is often not enough to stop your taps from leaking.

A full tap ware service includes re-seating the tap seats, changing the O-rings and fibre washers and lubricating the spindles. I suspect in your case that your taps may require re-seating. When taps are leaking this is often due to water passing the tap washer. This passing of water can create a groove in the tap seat. Once there is a groove in the tap seat water will continue to pass through this groove even when a new washer is installed. Water can also leak from the O-ring on the spindle or from the fibre washer.

There are many guides online if you wish to give this a try yourself however it is recommended this work is carried out by a licensed plumber.

- Ken

3 comments:

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  2. Very true suggestion, just changing your tap washers is often not enough to stop your taps from leaking. We have to change the O-rings and fibre washers and lubricating the spindles.

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