5 Reasons You Should Call a Professional When a Tap Starts Dripping

There are a whole host of reasons why your taps might have started dripping. Unfortunately, many people just ignore the problem. After all, it's only a few drops of water, right? This might be the case, at least at first, but there are plenty of reasons why you should always contact a professional as soon as possible. Here are just five.

1. It May Indicate Pressure Issues

Dripping taps are often caused because the water pressure in your home is too high. This means that water is prevented from flowing away from a certain point. It then backs up and leaks out at another location. Pressure problems should never be ignored since they can be a symptom of larger issues and tend to increase in severity over time.

2. Interior Parts Might Be Wearing Down

A steady drip is often caused by a worn washer or cartridge. Unfortunately, the initial drip will really only be the start of the problem. If one of the vital parts inside your tap has broken, the problem is only going to get worse. When this happens, you could have a flood of water shooting out of the tap in question instead of a few drips.

3. Resources are Being Wasted

It has been estimated that the average household's leaks can account for up to 10,000 gallons of water each year; combined, up to 1 trillion gallons could be wasted globally each year. Your small problem might seem like only a drop in the ocean, but you'll still be contributing to an immense waste of natural resources. Furthermore, you're likely to see your own utility bills creeping up over time.

4. Mould Can Develop  

Mould can cause an unpleasant smell, destroy walls, trigger allergies, and even cause long term health effects, and it needs moisture in order to thrive. Having a dripping tap, especially in a smaller shower room, toilet, or bathroom, will mean that there is more moisture in the room. This can encourage the growth of mould.

5. The Structural Integrity of Your Home Could Be Compromised

A dripping tap probably doesn't seem like a big deal, and, the majority of the time, it isn't going to be. However, it could indicate problems elsewhere in the house, and drips that increase over time can lead to water escaping from the sink itself if the plug is accidentally left in. Once that happens, water can begin to seep below floorboards and into cracks.

If one of your taps begins to drip, it's going to be tempting to put off calling a professional, but it's always better to contact one as soon as possible.

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Hi, my name is Mark, and I am a dad to four kids. My house used to get loud and hectic, so I tended to take my oldest son (who is quiet like me) out to the garage, and there, over the years, we fixed almost every appliance we owned. Because I love teaching, I even took apart a few working appliances so my kid could learn how to put them back together. He recently went to uni, and repair isn't as much fun by myself. To make it a little more social, I decided to reach out to others through this blog on appliance tips. Enjoy.