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OT - Plumbing problem

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by beanzontoast, 30 Dec 2007.

  1. beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    Any plumbers about?

    Our bathroom sink hot tap has decided to exhibit what I believe the medics would call 'poor flow'. It reduces from an unimpressive trickle when full on to a bare dribble after about 10 seconds. No spluttering at all, but I tried the 'hosepipe to the mains cold tap and backwards flush' technique anyway just in case it was an airlock. Flow seemed better for about 30 seconds, then dried up again.

    It might be my imagination, but the tap doesn't seem to turn as far as it used to either.

    Other hot taps around the house work fine.

    Am I looking at a problem in the tap itself?
     
  2. Yes, I reckon. You need a new tap or to replace the internals. Do you know the make & model?
     
  3. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    is the hot in your bath or shower running as normal?

    T x
     
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Buy/borrow a cheap tap and connect it to the pipe to confirm or eliminate the tap as the problem.
     
  5. Or alternatively just remove the tap and test the pipe flow capacity via the isolation valve.
     
  6. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    How old is your plumbing?

    T x
     
  7. col

    col Veteran

    Could be the washer in the tap has shifted,so its blocking half the water flow,my father in law had the same problem,and had the inside s of the tap replaced,but he had a plumber do this,but we were informed its not a difficult job,if you have the confidence to give it a go.
     
  8. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    It sounds like a seized or perished washer....

    T x
     
  9. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    It can be as simple as limescale in the outlet bit of the tap (the black plastic bit..it has a series of 'jets' that can become clogged with scale)
    Try some limescale remover in that area...
     
  10. beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    Here's the info...

    House plumbing is about 25 years old. Had quite a bit of work done in last 20 years.

    The bath tap is fine - it's just the sink.

    We had the bathroom done about 10 years ago and everything was renewed.

    I had a sneaky look in a plumbing book in the bookshop this morning while returning a duplicate Chrimbo present :ohmy: but it didn't have much on this. My one and only DIY book (Readers Digest - gift from father about 5 years ago) has instructions for dismantling taps and changing washers I think. Fortunately, the tap has an individual cut-off valve in-line so I might take a look to see if it's anything obvious.

    Mickle - gbb - will give both of these ideas a try. Dom - can see the logic: might ask brother-in-law if he's got a tap lying about.

    Probably should wait until after New Year with yours Mickle in case I get in a mess though, you reckon?
     
  11. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
     
  12. Mate Mickle is a quafied plumber....... so I would go with him.
     
  13. beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    Thanks all.

    Ruddy tap. What a way to start 2008! :ohmy:
     
  14. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    I had a similar problem once - turned out to be nothing more than a knackered washer, which took 2 mins to fix. However, it could be that I was lucky!!
     
  15. Hot washers do deteriorate quicker.