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Tips on how to fix a leaky tap at home!

Tips on how to fix a dripping tap

A leaking tap is just one of those things that seem to come at the most inconvenient of times. The noise of the constant dripping or the waste of water that you’re paying for can be really annoying and the first thing you normally do is book a plumber to come in as soon as possible. However, in reality, most leaking taps can be fixed quite simply as long as you have the right tools for the job. In this quick guide, we explain how you can fix a leaking tap in your house by replacing the washers.

Most Common Solution – Replace the washer

The main reason why traditional taps leak is that the washer has eroded away and lost its effectiveness. Overtime washers simply wear and this is a real common problem. Some other ways you can tell that the washers are eroded is toughness when turning the tap and a drumming or screeching sound when in use.

For this method, you will need a screwdriver, an adjustable wrench and a new washer of the right size to fit your tap.

The first thing to do before any tap repairs is to shut off the water supply. Typically, taps will have a water supply pipe below the sink and these can be simply turned off by turning the valve. Next, remove the handle of the tap by unscrewing the back of it. Most modern taps now hide this screw under a cap that can easily be popped off.

After you have removed the handle, use the adjustable wrench to remove the packing nut and twist the spindle in the same direction of the tap in order to remove that as well. Next, remove the screw of the old washer and replace it with the new one. Then reverse the steps you took above to reassemble your tap and turn the water supply back on.

What do you need to know before fixing your own tap?

It is easy to want to just get in, get it done and get out when it comes to DIY jobs around the house. However, unless you are experienced in changing a washer we have a few words of advice before you go jumping in.

Firstly, make sure that you have everything you need at hand and ready to go before you start taking apart a tap. Not having the right tools or the right size washer can leave you without the use of the tap or having to reassemble the tap and start again when you have the right parts and equipment. To make sure you have the right size washer ready you can check the specifications of your tap set where it will be included.

Secondly, taking a tap apart can be a slightly intricate task depending on the type of tap. Make sure that you keep all of the parts you are dismantling in a safe place and take your time during this process. Forgetting which part goes back on first or losing a part will delay the process and make this quick easy task into a treasure hunt.

Finally, if you are not sure exactly what to do after you have read our tips, you can check out Youtube. There are thousands of videos on a variety of different taps, so find one that looks similar to your tap model and follow it visually.

It is important to note that you should be very careful when you are disassembling and reassembling the tap. Although they seem robust on the outside if you cause damage to the metal on the inside this can prevent the tap from working or make the leak worse. Also, the method we have outlined above is only to fix a leaking tap by replacing the washer. Your tap may have a different issue and will require an alternative part or parts to be replaced in order to be fixed. So if this method doesn’t work and you require a professional plumber to come and do the job or any other plumbing and heating services, then feel free to call us – we are always happy to help!

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