Kitchen tap dripping when turned off

Discussion in 'Plumbers' Talk' started by Andy C Smith, Nov 11, 2022.

  1. Andy C Smith

    Andy C Smith New Member

    My mums kitchen tap was dripping for several seconds when turned off, I have replaced the ceramic cartrdige but it's still doing the same. Can take 5-10 seconds for the water to stop, after that there are no more drips.

    Can anyone give me any ideas about where the problem maybe or do I just replace the whole tap.

  2. Truckcab79

    Truckcab79 Screwfix Select

    If it stops and stays stopped and you’ve already replaced the cartridge then it might just be the shape of the tap and any residual water between cartridge and spout.
  3. Andy C Smith

    Andy C Smith New Member


    It did not drip when it was new, can't say how long before it started dripping though. It may have been after the cartridge was replaced before because the tap was constantly dripping, but again this did not happen straight away.
  4. dcox

    dcox Screwfix Select

    It will just be the water left in the spout after the tap's turned off. I wouldn't worry about it.
  5. FlyByNight

    FlyByNight Screwfix Select

    Water remaing in spout, the aerator partially blocked and the small amount of pressure take a while to reduce.

    Try removing the aerator - some of which are designed to reduce flow and thus hold pressure in the tap which would not be noticable when new.
  6. Notnowvicar

    Notnowvicar Screwfix Select

    Lots of taps that have been dripping build up a limescale dam up the spout which holds back a small amount of water, try some squirting viakal up the spout. has save us quite a few taps during renovations...

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