Mixing tap in the kitchen leaking - what can you do?

If the kitchen faucet drips or licks the mixer tap, this is often due to broken seals or to a defect in the faucet. What you can do on a case-by-case basis and how to do it best is explained in detail in this article.

Types of mixer taps

  • Single lever
  • Faucet with two handles

Single lever

The single-lever mixer does not have a gasket, but a tap disc. The valve disc can also be exchanged easily and inexpensively, no great craftsmanship is required. How exactly this works, read in this post.

Faucet with two handles

For taps with two handles, the seals are located directly on the valves located under the handles. You can easily remove the handles and replace the seals. Always make sure that the new gaskets fit well, and always treat them with sealing grease that is especially suitable for this purpose.

Other causes of dripping noise

Even a heavily calcified faucet or a completely mixed with lime mixer can be the cause of leaks or drops. If in doubt, you can always try to descale the mixer, sometimes it helps to prevent dripping.

An occasional short drop when heating a table-top unit is normal, it is caused by the overpressure during heating.

Prevent dripping noise quickly

The easiest way to make dripping sounds disappear is to tie a piece of thread to the faucet and let it hang in the drain. Then the drops run silently along the thread and the dripping sounds stop immediately.

Tips & Tricks

As a rule, you only need to turn a single-lever mixer a little to quickly eliminate dripping noises and leaks. However, in the long run, of course, you will not be able to repair anything - the waste of water from a constantly dripping faucet can be quite expensive in the long run.

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