Water Tap / Faucet Installation, Replacement & Repair
One of the most annoying things you can ever have bothering you at home is a leaky faucet. Not only is the constant sound frustrating, a water tap leaking also wastes water which increases your utility bills. Don’t get stuck with old faucets. Mr Plumber Singapore is there for all your faucet replacement and tap installation needs, including kitchen sink tap, bathroom wash basin tap, shower mixer taps, home garden or washing machine taps, etc.
Table of Contents (Click on the sub-topic to go to the segment)
- More than just taps and faucets
- Popular tap and faucet brands in Singapore
- Top Reasons for leaking taps
- Why you should fix your leaking tap today
- Faucet Maintenance
- Faulty Faucet Repair
- Case study
- FAQs of tap and faucet replacement/repair
- Contact Mr Plumber Singapore today for all your faucet repairs and installations
Your water faucets are not just functional, you can use them to add value to your kitchen and bathrooms. There are so many options for faucets that can make your kitchen more attractive. Home buyers always take such little details into account when looking to sell their home. That is why it is important to have a licensed and experienced plumbing service like Mr Plumber Singapore handle all your tap installations and replacements.
Popular tap and faucet brands in Singapore
Based on the data collated from our sales, these are the tap and faucet brands that have won the hearts of many Singaporeans.
1. Fidelis Tap
2. Grohe Tap
3. Arino Tap
4. Kohler Tap
5. Rubine Tap
Top Reasons for leaking taps
- Loose handles: Faucet handles see a lot of usage in their lifetime and after awhile, they become loose and drip water. The leaks get worse over time and then you have to change the faucet handle.
- Water pressure: Faucets sometimes leak when there are problems with the water pressure from broken pipes. Once there is interference in the faucet pressure from a pipe, you need to call an experienced plumber to help you look at this.
- Damaged parts: Water taps leaking can be due to one of the several parts that make a damaged faucet. This is particularly common for compression type faucets or mixer tap / faucets that handle both cold and hot water.
- Poor fittings: If your tap installation or tap replacement is not done by a professional, chances are that it would begin to leak after a short while.
- Hard water build-up: In areas that have water with high levels of chemicals, there may be corrosion on the rubber washers that are meant to prevent faucets from leaking. This eventually leads to a leaky faucet.
One of the disadvantages of having a leaky faucet is the annoying water stains that begin to form after a while. These stains can be difficult to remove and make your home look older than its actual age. Removing these stains also cost money and time. It could also lead to flooding and damage of your property if a faulty tap suffers a major leak while you are asleep or away on holidays.
You are also better off fixing that leaky faucet today to save yourself money on your water bill. Doing a faucet replacement early is also a great way to conserve the environment by saving water.
Faucet requires proper maintenance just like the rest of your household items. Whether it is a kitchen faucet or a bathroom faucet, we would like to keep it in its optimal form to provide us with continual washing.
Faucets are relatively easy to maintain daily. All you will need is to use a damp cloth and some mild soap to clean the surface of the faucet and dry it off with a soft cloth. This will keep the original shiny appearance of your faucet. Window cleaning agents can also be used to clean the faucets but do note that strong agents may damage the faucet’s appearance. So, it is always prudent to read the directions and warnings of the products before use. Matte faucets will require an additional step of using aerosol or liquid furniture polish during cleaning. After polishing, it will provide the faucet with a more homogeneous appearance that wards off fingerprints on the faucet.
Faucets nowadays provide high performance without needing much maintenance. However, that does not mean that the faucet does not need maintenance at all. For instance, the components inside the faucet will experience wear and tear, and these are located in an area where we cannot reach unless we uninstall the faucet. Thus, it is advised to keep a few spare components so that as time passes and the faucet starts having issues, the components will be ready at hand to replace the worn-out parts.
Faulty Faucet Repair
Not all faucet leaks are difficult to handle, so you do not need to call in a plumber but may try to solve the situation yourself. If you are confident with handling these kind of situations, we have included a guide to repairing a faulty faucet. Should you find yourself stuck while repairing, engage non-emergency plumbing services to help you with it.
First off, you will need to have certain tools ready at hand. Depending on the problem you are facing, you might not need all of the tools. Do check on the above possible causes for the leaking faucet. If done properly, it will take about an hour to complete the repairs. Below are a list of the items you may need.
- Philips head screwdriver
- Adjustable wrench
- Scouring pad
- Flathead screwdriver
- WD-40 (Lubricant)
- White vinegar
- Replacement parts
Turn the water supply off
Always turn the water supply off before attempting a leaking faucet repair. This step is crucial because you will end up with a flooded toilet/kitchen if the supply of water is still on. The water supply can be cut off at the shutoff valves, usually located below the sink. Or you can turn off the water supply from the main supply valve for the entire house. Confirm that the water supply has been shut off by turning the faucet on. This will also disperse the pressure from the supply lines. Then cover the drain with a stopper to prevent any small components from going in.
Dismantle the leaking faucet handles
This is where the tools come in use. Remove any decorative handles from the faucets with the flathead screwdriver. Then remove the screws holding the handle in place with the Philips head screwdriver. If any of the components seems to be corroded or hard to remove, use the WD-40 to lubricate the area so that the parts will loosen up. Put aside the parts and place a note on the parts so that you know which parts goes where.
Examine the faucet parts
Loosen the packing nut with a wrench to reveal the stem beneath. Remove the stem off the valve by twisting or prying. Examine the packing nut and the stem for any signs of corrosion or build-up. Also, inspect the O-ring as well as the washer in the valve seat to ensure that they are still in good condition. If any of the component is dirty, clean the parts as necessary, then place a note and set them aside.
Sterilise the valves
When all the components have been removed from the faucet, you can examine the valves. You should be able to see some mineral deposit or build-up around the valve. This is where the white vinegar comes in handy. Apply the white vinegar over the build-up area and allow the solution to immerse for about 10 to 15 minutes. During which the solution will dissolve the deposit so that it can be easily removed. Take the scouring pad and clean the surface. You may remove the stopper and start washing the valves with clean water to rinse away any dirt or debris.
Re-construct the faucet back together
Following the reverse order that it was taken apart, piece the components back together. If you noticed that any of the components are damaged or corroded, always replace the component with new parts. You can then turn the supply back on after ensuring that all of the parts are secured together. Examine the faucet for any leaks.
Extra points to note
Faucets undergo wear and tear just like any other fixtures at home and will eventually need to be replaced. If you have a faucet that has been around for some time, maybe it is time to consider a replacement for it. Most faucets have a life span of about 10 years before any repairs or replacement is needed. A replacement is only necessary if you notice:
- Any leaks from multiple points
- Corrosion around the faucet
- Spoilt and hard to find components
- Irreparable condition
If you are not familiar with tap/faucet leakages, we have included some case study references below for your understanding.
Why would I need tap and faucet replacement or repair?
The typical problem that often arise is a tap and faucet leakage. Leaking taps are caused by loose handles, water pressure from a broken pipe, damaged parts, poor fittings, and hard water build-up. You would also see water stains beginning to form after awhile and if left untreated will be difficult to remove, leads to a major leak and causes flooding to happen.
What are the consequences of a water leakage?
Here are some of facts about water leakage that you should know:
- An average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
- A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!
- Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
- A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
What are the reliable tap and faucet brands?
There are plenty of water tap brands in the market such as Arino, Fidelis, Grohe, Kohler, and Rubine. These taps come in variants – 1-way tap, 2-way tap, or mixer taps – depending on your needs and where you would like to have them installed. We also supply and install these taps in your home.
Contact Mr Plumber Singapore today for all your faucet repairs and installations
If you are considering doing a renovation of your bathroom or kitchen, call us today. Our licensed plumbers have many years of experience in choosing and installing water taps and faucets that not only improve water conservation but also make your home more beautiful. Transform your kitchen and bathroom today by replacing worn-out faucets that don’t work properly. We are experienced in the installation of different bathroom/toilet wash basin taps and kitchen sink taps.
Call Mr Plumber Singapore at +65 6653 6258 or send an email to [email protected] for more information.
Top Selling Taps and Faucets
Top Tap and Faucet Brands
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Mr Plumber Singapore provides full range of plumbing services in Singapore, including plumbing repair, water pipe leak repair, clearing clogged sink/drain/toilet bowls, installation & repair of toilet bowl, kitchen sink, toilet sink, drainage pipe, concealed pipes, floor trap, etc. We have a team of licensed plumbers who are available for emergency plumbing. We have over 10 years of plumbing experience and have done thousands of plumbing jobs for both residential (Landed, condo and HDB plumbing) and commercial plumbing. We are the highly recommended plumber Singapore,with many happy customers and reviews over the years on Google and Facebook. Call us for transparent quotation and honest pricing for all your plumbing needs at +65 66536258
Mr Plumber Singapore provides full range of plumbing services in Singapore, including plumbing repair, water pipe leak repair, water heater installation, clearing clogged sink/drain/toilet bowls, installation & repair of toilet bowl, kitchen sink, toilet sink, drainage pipe, concealed copper pipes repair, floor trap, etc. We have a team of licensed plumbers who are available for emergency plumbing. We have over 10 years of plumbing experience and have done thousands of plumbing jobs for both residential (Landed, condo and HDB plumbing) and commercial plumbing. We are the highly recommended plumber Singapore,with many happy customers and reviews over the years on Googleand Facebook. Call us for transparent quotation and honest pricing for all your plumbing needs at +65 66536258!