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Do you have a leaking tap emergency?

Leaking taps in the house can cost you money and waste up to 20,000 litres of water per year. When it comes to fixing a leaking tap, Metropolitan Plumbing has over 25 years of experience and can provide a fast, long-term fix!

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The Annoying Leaking Tap

One of the most annoying things has to be a leaking tap. The constant dripping gets into your brain, while the water wastage is entirely avoidable.

Up to 20,000 litres of water per year can be wasted by a dripping tap. Sure, it goes down the drain, but think about the extra charges on your water bills. A new washer, o ring replacement or jumper valve repair will solve the leaky tap problem in no time.

When your taps are mimicking a tap dance throughout the night, you don’t have to put up with it. Contact Metropolitan Plumbing for a solution.

Available during the day and after hours, we have 24/7 plumbers near you, in all Australian metro cities. So, if your leaking tap suddenly explodes into a plumbing emergency we can be at your door within an hour* with a long term solution ready to go.

What Causes A Leaking Tap?

Simply put, most taps are intricate fixtures. While they’re designed to be durable, several factors can lead to them springing a leak over time. Delving deeper into the usual suspects:

  • Washer and jumper valves: These components are often the first to wear out. Continuous body washer and jumper valve usage can make the tap washer brittle or cause the jumper valve to malfunction. This can lead to constant tap drips.
  • Tap body: Faults or cracks in the tap body can sometimes be the hidden culprit. Such imperfections allow water to find its way out, even when the tap is off.
  • O Ring: The small but vital rubber o ring ensures a watertight seal around the tap handle. Over time, the o ring can degrade or loosen, causing leaks.

Other potential causes include corrosion of the valve seat, broken pipes, exceedingly high water pressure and the age of your taps. Addressing the root causes of leaking taps promptly ensures the longevity of your tapware and prevents larger plumbing issues.

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The Impact of Leaking Taps

Dripping taps, though seemingly insignificant, can have far-reaching consequences for both homeowners and the environment. The ripple effect of such tap leaks include:

  • Water bill: Even minor drips accumulate over time, leading to an unexpected surge in your water bills.
  • Wasting precious resources: With each drop from a leaky tap, we’re gradually depleting our valuable water supply, which is crucial for sustaining life and the environment.
  • Potential for further damage: A continuous leak doesn’t just waste your water supply. It can corrode fixtures, promote mould growth, and even cause structural damage if unchecked.

Recognising and addressing these impacts as more than just a “minor problem” is essential to maintain both the health of our homes and the planet.

Trust a Licensed Plumber to Fix A Leaking Tap

Sure, a quick trip to the local hardware store for some new tap washers might make you feel confident enough to consider fixing a leaking tap. You might even find a video or two offering easy exercise steps for DIY repairs, showing how to unscrew the cover plate, and replace the washer and jumper valve. But here’s the catch with deciding to fix a leaking tap by yourself:

  • Risk of further damage: Without proper plumbing knowledge, you might cause more harm than good. If you over tighten or use the wrong replacement parts, you can cause more severe plumbing problems beyond a simple broken washer.
  • Safety first: Turning off the water main, ensuring all the residual water is drained, and working with tools like a shifting wrench or needle nose pliers requires care. The last thing you’d want is a bigger issue or injury.
  • The right fix: A professional plumber knows the difference between a tap washer, a jumper valve, a tap bonnet, and a ceramic disc. They’ll ensure a proper job is done with the right parts, ensuring your taps remain leak-free for a long time.0

For peace of mind and quality assurance, always opt for a professional touch. While you do wait for a plumber to arrive, don’t forget to turn off the water at the water main to reduce the risk of further wastage.

When To Call Metropolitan Plumbing

Recognising the signs of a potential tap issue can save you from bigger headaches down the line. It’s essential to be vigilant and know when to reach out for professional help. Here are a few indicators:

  • Constant dripping: If your tap consistently drips, regardless of how firmly it’s turned off, it’s signalling a problem.
  • Unusual sounds: Any out-of-the-ordinary noises emanating from your tap, be it groaning, whistling, or hammering, are often symptoms of underlying issues.
  • Water around the tap: Spotting water accumulating around the base or leaking from unexpected parts of the tap suggests a possible compromise in its structural integrity or sealing.

When in doubt, it’s always best to consult with experts like Metropolitan Plumbing, ensuring prompt and efficient resolution.

Interest Free** Leaking Taps Repair

If your taps are leaking out of control and you prefer the convenience of flexible payment plans, Metropolitan Plumbing can help. Our range of interest free** payment plans for eligible customers gives you the freedom to repay the costs at your own pace, no matter how big or small the job.

Just choose a payment plan with one of our providers – Zip or Humm. You have the flexibility of weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. Some plans even require a $0 deposit, giving you added financial breathing space.

Your plumber can take you through the easy application process on site and approval usually takes only a few minutes. We can then begin your service straight away.

We also accept payment by cash, cheque and credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express).

Don’t Let it Drip – Get Your Leaking Taps Fixed Today!

At Metropolitan Plumbing, we’ve seen it all when it comes to fixing leaky taps. From the garden tap in the front yard to the kitchen sink, we’ve fixed them all. We come equipped with the right tools, ensuring there’s no residual water left, and that every leaking tap is fixed right the first time.

Remember, while it may be tempting to wrap some gaffer tape around the tap or visit your local hardware store for a quick fix, it’s always best to get professional plumbing work done. Not only will this save you money in the long run, but you’ll also be saving our planet’s precious water resources.

So, next time you spot a leaky tap or any of the other signs of a leak, give Metropolitan Plumbing a call. Let’s fix those taps and keep the water flowing where it’s supposed to.

FAQ – Your Leaking Tap Questions, All in One Place

Have a question about leaking taps? We've got the answers you're looking for.

Water hammer is the sound of fast-moving water suddenly stopping when a tap turns off. The water collides with the closed valve and a hydraulic shock causes loud banging noises. Left unattended, water hammer can lead to an array of major plumbing problems down the road including burst pipes, loose fittings, fixture damage and more. A leaking tap could certainly be a sign of water hammer. Over time it wears down fixtures, and long-term leakage means you will need to have your plumbing assessed.
A tap dripping once per second will waste 12,000 litres of water in a year! Leaving your dripping tap will mean you’re paying for water you’re not even using. On top of this cost, this wasted water isn’t helping the cause for a more environmentally-friendly world. A leaking tap can also cause structural damage to your home if left too long. You could end up with damage to your foundations, walls or floors, all of which will likely cost you more money to repair than having your leaking tap fixed.
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Metropolitan Plumbing are proud winners of 2021 and 2020 Product Review awards in the plumbing category. These awards highlight our dedication to outstanding customer service. Product Review provides a platform for real-life experiences. Check out some of our customers' reviews below:
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Dave.C was very friendly and professional especially for a Sunday. He was able to identify the cause of the leaky shower head, and provide two quotes. He was also able to show what the issue was and was able to advise what he had done to fix it. Thank you.

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They replaced our old, malfunctioning toilet. The installation was quick, and they checked for any leaks thoroughly. Reliable service we can count on!

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I had a toilet that wouldn’t stop running, and it was wasting so much water. They arrived promptly, diagnosed the issue, and replaced the faulty parts. Now my toilet works perfectly. Great service and reasonable rates.

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