A dripping tap or pipe is a fairly common appearance in most households. More often than not, it simply means that someone has been a little lazy with their grip and just not fully turned off the faucet. However, when it continues to drip even with the tap firmly closed, then you have a leak and it is time to call in the help of a professional plumber in Point Cook.
A leaking tap is not like a burst pipe, in that it doesn’t make you panic and immediate pick up the phone to contact an emergency plumber. While it may not be so urgent, a leaking tap is nonetheless important to get fixed. First of all, it is a clear waste of precious water, which is a sin in itself in Australia’s dry climate. If this doesn’t motivate you, then you might consider that those little drips could be costing you quite a sum of money over time. A tap that drips only a couple of times per minute could waste almost 20,000 Litres of water over the course of a year, providing the dripping remains constant. What is actually likely to happen is that the dripping rate will increase as the constant moisture erodes the inside of the faucet. A leak usually gets worse over time, and the strain of your plumbing system increases. More and more elements have to begin dealing with more pressure than they are designed to handle, and the result is often a weakening of the entire system. You will find that you need to repair or replace many elements throughout the system, when all could have been avoided in the early stages with the replacement of a single washer.
Most alarmingly is that a leak could eventually become so bad that it results in a burst pipe. These seemingly minor problems should not be overlooked, and especially not ignored, because they can escalate very quickly into serious scenarios. As well as leaking faucets, leaking toilets and drain issues can also be big red flags to watch out for. Toilet leaks in particular can waste phenomenal amounts of water each day and you don’t even realise. There are a number of dye tests that can be easily performed to check your toilet plumbing. For drains, again it is a matter of the sooner the better. Small problems like a piece of food stuck in the pipe will soon become quite the problem. Avoid chemicals if you don’t know what you’re doing, they can damage pipes and the wrong ones won’t even solve the initial problem. Stick to the plunger or contact your local plumber. It is always the safer bet to leave these things in the hands of professionals.
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