Fix A Leaky Tap


Simple Guide to Fixing A Leaky Tap

We all know how annoying the sound of a leaky tap can be, but it can also lead to water being wasted and, if left untreated long enough, can add unnecessary expenses onto a household’s bills. Follow these simple steps to ensure your taps start to behave.

Before You Begin

You need to find out what’s making the tap drip. Quite often, it’s just the washer that needs replacing, and they’re relatively inexpensive. Disassemble the tap and take out the worn washer. It’s a good idea to take it with you to your local DIY shop, as it’s essential to get a replacement which is exactly the same size.

Step-By-Step Guide

You will need;

  • A replacement washer
  • A flathead screwdriver or knife
  • Some WD40
  • A spanner.

Step one

First turn the water off. This can be done either at the main valve or beneath the sink if there’s an isolation valve. Test the tap before proceeding to make sure the water is completely off.

Step two

At this point, it may be a good idea to put the plug into the hole, to prevent any screws and other small parts falling down.

Step three

Next, the tap handle needs to be unscrewed. If the screw isn’t immediately visible, it’s likely hidden by a small cover, which can be levered off using a flathead screwdriver or knife.

Step four

Now you can remove the headgear nut with a spanner. If it won’t come loose, apply a small amount of WD40.

Step five

The old, worn washer should now be exposed. Remove it, and replace it with the new one. When putting the head back, it’s important to make sure the headgear nut is tightened sufficiently, otherwise the tap will continue to leak.

With the headgear nut in place, the tap handle can be screwed back on.

Step six

Finally, make sure you test the tap to ensure the leak has stopped. If the problem persists, you may want to seek the advice of a professional.

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