At Ezy Fix, we spend a lot of our time helping customers choose the right, easy to install, taps for their home. These decisions can be difficult. • Even more important, however, is knowing when it’s time to replace your taps, before catastrophic failure leaves you with extensive water damage, in addition to a simple plumbing project. • There are some signs that trouble is on the horizon and paying attention to these symptoms can prevent a plumbing disaster. 1. Discoloration on the Taps 2. Poorly Functioning Taps 3. Signs of Water Damage
Discoloration on the Taps • If you’ve cleaned your tap, but dark colored spots, corrosion, or green film persist, these are signs that the inner workings are not what they should be. • As the interior of your tap wears thinner, the finish will reflect damage on the outside. • Dark spots that show through the finish on the tap indicate the metal may be getting thin or corroding on the inside. • Discoloration around the tap handles or fasteners, is an indication that seals may be seeping and water is beginning to erode the mechanism. • Rusty, or green stains at the base of your tap, or tap handles is a clear indication that water has been seeping inside the tap, even if standing water is not present.
2. Poorly Functioning Taps • When you go to wash up, you want the tap to easily turn on, provide a steady stream of the right temperature of water, and turn off completely when you are finished. • Any deviation from this is a sure sign that things are not right inside. • If your tap is hard to open, this could indicate worn parts or corrosion internally. • If the water stream is inconsistent, or does not come out in an even, round stream, the valve may be damaged, or corrosion may have changed the interior of the tap. • Dripping faucets typically indicate bad seals. This can go from a tiny drip to a catastrophic failure over night if not dealt with.
3. Signs of Water Damage • If your taps are failing, you may see signs in other places on and around your basins. • Take the time to regularly inspect areas around your taps for problems. • Wet spots under the tap inside your vanity cabinet, or on the floor indicate leaking. • Water pooling at the base of the tap indicates bad seals inside. • Water from leaking taps can also affect surrounding walls and trim. If you see signs of water damage, investigate until you find the source.
Being Observant • By paying attention to your taps, you can prevent serious water damage in your home, and preserve convenient, quality service. • Replacing your taps before they fail can save you money and time. • Check our full line of easy to install bathroom tapware and taps for some great solutions.