When it comes to bathroom taps, you might have to deal with a lot of issues on a regular basis. From leakage to damaged washers, problems like water hammer to frozen pipes, the list is endless. Simple issues like a steady dribble from a tap can waste somewhere around 50, 000 liters of water in a year. The amount of water being wasted is alarming and hence it is essential to address these issues. By repairing these common problems by yourself, you can save a fair amount of money.
In this article, you would get to know about the common problems and easy ways to repair bathroom taps.
Replacing the Tap Washer
The valve washer might need to be replaced if you spot any water leakage. With the correct supplies, a little preparation and by investing a few minutes of your time, you can fix a bad bathroom sink washer and pocket the savings you would be making.
- The very first step would be to determine the type of your faucet; it could be a cartridge, compression, ceramic disk or ball type. However, only the compression type would have a washer and small rubber rings that seal the valve seat.
- Now, turn off the water supply by shutting off the valve. Now, open the faucet so as to drain excess water from the system before the handle fixtures are disassembled.
- Once done that, remove the decorative cover if there’s any and loosen the handle screw present directly under it and pull the handle off. You would probably find this under the hot or cold sign.
- Located under the handle would be the packing nut. Unscrew it with a crescent wrench and pull out the valve system. In case, it doesn’t come out, twist it with a pair of channel-lock pliers.
- If there are any hard water deposits on the stem, within the fixture handle and the packing nut, wipe it off with a scrubber and white vinegar.
- Next look for the washer which might be present at the bottom of the stem or might be resting in the well of the seat valve. You should see a large body washer, o-ring and jumper valve. The jumper valve should fall out by itself.
- Take the new washer and lubricate it with heat-resistant plumber’s grease which would improve the seal of the washer and reduces friction.
- Install the new washer exactly where the old one was and replace the stem into the valve seat and secure it with a screw.
- Replace the packing nut and tighten it gently with a crescent wrench. Now re-arrange everything in the reverse order of how you had removed them. Turn on the water and test for any leaks.
In case the tap is still leaking, it means that it needs to be re-seated. This means resurfacing the tap body so the washer can achieve the tightest seal. To do this, you’ll need to purchase a reseating kit. Opt for plumber services in case of any leaks or if you feel you might not be able to change the washer.
Fixing the Issue of Water Hammer
This is the situation where the water pipes make a banging noise as soon as the tap is turned on. Excessive water pressure generally causes the loose pipes to bang against wall studs and that is what causes the noise. The best solution in such situations would be to install an anti-hammer tap valve. A plumber expert might offer the best solution for this problem.
Cleaning Limescale off the Bathroom taps
There are a number of branded cleaning products available in the market these days that can aid in getting rid of the unattractive limescale. However, vinegar and lime are two most effective and inexpensive household ingredients which can work their magic to bring the sparkle back to your bathroom taps. Attach a lemon or cup of vinegar to the spout of your tap and leave for around an hour.
This would break down the limescale making it easy to scrub off. For other areas of the tap, apply vinegar or lemon juice to a cotton pad and apply to the affected area.