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I got a new kitchen mixer tap installed today, by a family member. However he has gone now and the new tap dripping! I am pretty sure a new tap should not drip - any ideas what it could be? I will get… Read More
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
I got a new kitchen mixer tap installed today, by a family member. However he has gone now and the new tap dripping! I am pretty sure a new tap should not drip - any ideas what it could be? I will get him to come back but not sure when so wondering if there is anything I can do? Thanks
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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The washer?

How fast is dripping?

Drip drip

Or steady flow?
#2
The same thing happened when our new tap was fitted.

We took out the washer and found some grit on it that stopped it from making a seal properly. We washed it off (in pre-filled washing up bowl, just in case!) and it worked fine. No more drips!

May not be the same but an easy thing to try before calling back your man.
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Starr
The washer?

How fast is dripping?

Drip drip

Or steady flow?


Just now and again - slow drip. Not drip drip drip fast
#4
tremblyseren
The same thing happened when our new tap was fitted.

We took out the washer and found some grit on it that stopped it from making a seal properly. We washed it off (in pre-filled washing up bowl, just in case!) and it worked fine. No more drips!

May not be the same but an easy thing to try before calling back your man.


Thanks, will try that
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bargainhunter2009
Just now and again - slow drip. Not drip drip drip fast


Im no plumber but i think its the washer, as post above states also

Turn off water, undo tap head, remove washer check for grit, replace washer.

Should be fine, sometimes washers just dont sit right :thumbsup:
#6
call him back out
#7
payway
call him back out


No cant do that, he is quite old and was really tired. Will see if I can do the washer or get boyfriend to look at it at the weekend. Thanks everyone :)
#8
Fitting taps can often disturb limescale, grit or solder which will find its way to a washer and cause a drip.

It's probably easily solved if you know how to get to it. Of course with the water turned off. Turn the water back on at the mains slowly, just in case you have made it worse.

If the washer is split you will need a new one before you take the old one out. Otherwise you will be left with no water, depending where your nearest stop tap/connector is.

It's always worth fitting a valve that isolate your taps. It will turn off with a screwdriver, kitchen knife or coin.
#9
christuttiett
Fitting taps can often disturb limescale, grit or solder which will find its way to a washer and cause a drip.

It's probably easily solved if you know how to get to it. Of course with the water turned off. Turn the water back on at the mains slowly, just in case you have made it worse.

If the washer is split you will need a new one before you take the old one out. Otherwise you will be left with no water, depending where your nearest stop tap/connector is.

It's always worth fitting a valve that isolate your taps. It will turn off with a screwdriver, kitchen knife or coin.


Thank you for your help - have asked my boyfriend to check at the weekend. I replaced these taps as the other ones were horrible and really old but this one causing me a right nightmare too!
#10
Home from work, not plumbing. It's one of these I was talking about:

http://www.screwfix.com/prods/67670/Plumbing/Brassware/Isolating-Valve-15mm-Pack-of-10
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christuttiett
Home from work, not plumbing. It's one of these I was talking about:

http://www.screwfix.com/prods/67670/Plumbing/Brassware/Isolating-Valve-15mm-Pack-of-10


Thanks very much

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