Old Leaky Taps will COST YOU
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Question 1: I’ve got some old stained, leaking bathroom taps that are really annoying me. Should I try to fix it?
Answer: Many householders have got themselves into big trouble trying to fix or replace an old tap. If it’s more than a few years old the housing is probably corroded so it will require more than just fitting a new washer. If it’s an old mixer unit, the entire cartridge will need replacing, and many are model specific.
Q2: So is replacement the best option?
A: If you have old taps, certainly. Since 2007 all taps sold in Australia have been required to have a water efficiency rating. The more stars, the more efficient the tap is. Mixer taps have become popular in recent years because they save space around the sink or basin and their lever action is easy for all age groups to use. Modern mixer taps have cartridge options that include anti-scald and water-saving features.
Q3: So there’s money to be saved?
A: Look at it this way. Over a year a dripping tap could use the equivalent of a small swimming pool of water. A modern, efficient replacement will make a huge difference to your water bill. Replacing old with new could help halve your water usage within the house and save you hundreds of dollars a year.
Q4: So what’s the starting point for pricing?
A: Sharpe Group can supply and install the latest swivel basin set from $229 or basin mixer from $238 – both come with a seven-year warranty and a four-star efficiency rating. Call us today!
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