A leaking tap can waste up to 24,000 liters of water annually, yet many South Africans put up with the constant dripping due to fears about the cost of repairs. So, what does it really cost to fix a leaking tap, and how can you do it without overspending? Hiring a plumber involves a call-out fee, typically equivalent to their hourly rate, which ranges from R500 to R850 plus some travelling expenses typically totalling R750 to R1200.

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DIY Fix for a Leaking Tap

If you’re handy, you might want to try fixing the tap yourself. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A set of spanners, a screwdriver, and rags to protect the tap’s chrome finish.
  • Replacement washers are available at most local hardware stores.

First, turn off the water at the meter to stop the flow inside your home. Let all the water in the pipes drain out. Next, dismantle the tap, replace the faulty washer, and reassemble the tap. While this sounds straightforward, bear in mind that the problem isn’t always the washer, and modern taps might require special tools or parts. If you’re unsure, it might be better to call a professional.

Cost of Professional Leak Repair

An excellent plumbing professional, such as a Plumber Network professional, can typically repair a dripping tap in about 10 minutes,s, they will charge a minimum call-out fee, which includes the first hour of labour and ranges from R750 to R1200.

To get the best deal:

  • Be flexible with scheduling. Plumbers may offer lower rates if they can fit your job into their schedule conveniently.
  • Combine jobs. If you have other plumbing needs, have them addressed during the same visit to avoid multiple call-out fees.
  • Shop around. Get quotes from at least three different plumbers to avoid being overcharged. Some dishonest plumbers may charge as much as R4500 for simple repairs. By comparing prices, you support honest, licensed plumbers and ensure you’re paying a fair price.

Remember, getting your plumbing issues assessed and quoted in advance can save you money and help maintain the integrity of the plumbing profession.

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