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Common tapware problems and their solutions

When it comes to tapware, a variety of issues may arise, and we often get a high volume of inquiries on this topic. As a result, we thought we’d compile a list of our most commonly asked issues, along with a few answers, to assist you.

How come my faucets are dripping or leaking?

To ascertain why your tapware is leaking, you must first identify the kind of tap.

Traditional pillar faucets with hot and cold water

If you have distinct hot and cold tapware, the most frequent cause of leaking faucets is a defective seal or washer. If you properly transport your seals and washers to a nearby shop, you should be able to get a replacement at a reasonable price.

Mixer faucets

A leak in a bathroom mixer tapware is often caused by a problem with the ceramic cartridge within the tap. You should be able to get a new cartridge if you take the cartridge to a local plumber’s merchant.

Are faucets simple to replace?

The simplicity with which a tapware is installed varies according to the tap and the location, but for the majority of do-it-yourself enthusiasts, replacing a faucet is a pretty easy job.

My faucets are completely depressurized.

There are a variety of possible causes for a decrease in the pressure at your tapware faucets. We’ve included a few ideas below, but in this situation, it’s better to contact a plumber who can assess the issue on-site.

Is the cold kitchen faucet operating normally?

Common tapware problems and their solutions

Water often enters your home via the cold kitchen tapware faucet first; if water runs freely from this faucet but not from other faucets around the house, there may be a problem with your internal plumbing.

Are your emergency tapware stop valves completely open?

If the stop tapware valve (which is often located under the kitchen sink) is not completely open, it may limit the water supply to the home. Turn the faucet counterclockwise as much as possible to ensure that it is completely open.

Conduct a check for frozen pipes.

It is quite typical for exposed tapware pipes to freeze during the winter months. This raises the likelihood that the pipes may expand and rupture. Examine any visible pipes for indications of damage or freezing. You can read about Choosing the best tapware for your bathroom and kitchen by visiting

Consult your neighbors

Are your near neighbors also seeing a decrease in tap pressure? If this is the case, there may be a problem with the exterior tapware water mains, in which case you should contact your water provider or local council. Otherwise, there may be a problem with your internal plumbing.

Are you operating several water systems concurrently?

If the demand for water in your house is excessive at any one moment, this may have an effect on the pressure. Is the water pressure decreasing while the washing machine or shower is running? Conduct a tapware test by running the tap while turning off all other sources.

Examine for an airlock

Air trapped in the pipes of your tapware faucet may cause a reduction in water pressure. There are a few methods for repairing an airlock in your taps, however, it is recommended that you contact a skilled plumber.

What is the best method for removing limescale from taps?

While there are many commercial tapware cleaning solutions that can remove unsightly limescale from your taps, lemon and vinegar are two inexpensive and effective home ingredients that will restore the shine to your taps.

Attach a lemon or a cup of vinegar to the spout of your faucet and leave for about an hour (longer for more resistant limescale), this will break down the limescale and make it easier to brush clean. For other parts of the tap, soak a cotton wool pad in vinegar or lemon juice and apply to the afflicted area.

When planning a bathroom, kitchen, or other wet area building or renovation project, bear in mind that selecting the appropriate tapware for each situation is critical. When selecting the tapware that best meets your needs, keep the following factors in mind.

1. The room’s design

Match the style of your tapware to the space’s overall decor. The modern and contemporary design needs sleek, clean lines. Choose square or rectangular tapware with angular lines for an ultra-modern look, whereas a traditional, country or eclectic design can incorporate a variety of tapware styles, such as the classic three-piece tapware with conventional turned handles and curved spouts, for a classic, country, or eclectic appearance.

2. Materials Used in the Construction of Tapware

Selecting tapware of the highest quality, such as DR brass and non-toxic polymers and elastomers, and having it professionally fitted is critical. They must include high-quality components such as the cartridge, aerator, hoses, and rubber washers. High-quality materials ensure the safety of your drinking water and the durability and longevity of your faucets and faucet accessories.

3. Technical parameters for Tapware

Prior to placing your purchase, consider any special dimensions requirements. For instance, when purchasing a kitchen tapware faucet, check the spout height, reach (length), and swivel capabilities to ensure that tall stock pots and large oven pans do not get blocked. Additionally, you may want to consider the size and depth of your kitchen sink to ensure that the two components are appropriately matched. Bear in mind that a deeper sink will result in a higher spout height. Apart from installing a bench (hob), you should explore ‘off the wall’ or wall-mounted alternatives. The same concerns must be considered while constructing toilets. If you have an above-mounted shaving cabinet with outward swinging doors, for example, you should consider if the height of the basin’s tap is restricted, or whether a wall-mounted mixer is more appropriate given the tabletop’s limited width.

4. Techniques for Mounting

As briefly mentioned before, another factor to consider is the mounting type of your tapware faucets and fixtures. While wall-mounted mixers are often needed for shower enclosures, bathtubs may require either wall-mounted or hob-mounted mixers. Additionally, you may choose between a mixer tap located on the vanity or a mixer combo (a combination of a mixer and a spout) mounted on the wall above the basin. Consider also the accessibility for pre-installation of pipe that will be needed behind the wall whether in-wall or off-wall mixers are installed.