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Plumber Advice: Dripping Taps Driving You Crazy?


It’s true: only a plumber can save you from this drippy, watery hell.

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Dripping taps are definitely high on our list of the Worst Things Ever. Considering their history as being used as a form of torture, it’s no surprise that no one appreciates the constant dripping in an otherwise silent room. It’s also a wasteful problem – Sydney Water has stated that just one dripping tap can waste more than 2000 litres of water a month. Bad for the environment, bad for your sanity – but what can you do to stop a dripping faucet?

First of all, you have to figure out the cause of a dripping tap in the first place. Generally they are caused by a worn out washer. Though the cause sounds minor, do not attempt to fix a leaky tap on your own, as it is only licensed plumbers who can legally work on water infrastructure – which includes dripping taps!

Call your local plumber – they can arrange a free quote before you hire them, then fix the problem quickly and inexpensively. While you wait, here are some methods of reducing that incessant drip sound:

–       Turn the tap off a little bit harder than normal, but not so hard that it breaks. This should at least slow the dripping a little bit.

–       Collect the water in a bucket or large bowl, and put a sponge or cloth right below where the drips fall. This will muffle the dripping sound.

–       If it’s possible, move the spout so that the water drips directly into the sink hole. The water will drip silently into the plughole.

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check out our post on how to better conserve water in your home here:

Geoff James
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Geoff grew up in Berala near Lidcombe in Sydney and attended Birrong Boys High School where he finished his Year 10 school certificate. Geoff was encouraged by his uncle to consider plumbing as he had done a bit of plumbing work on weekends during his school years. DJ Childs Plumbing in Canterbury offered him a plumbing apprenticeship and he spent most of his time working on plumbing maintenance and new roofs on commercial sites. Geoff on Google+.