How to Fix a Dripping Tap

Dripping taps aren’t just annoying they can also be very expensive, leaking taps result in a loss of gallons of water a day. They also cause irritation by making surfaces and floors wet. Fixing a dripping tap is a really simple task that every homeowner should be able to do with a little bit of guidance however most people do think that they have to call a plumber.

Here are the things that you need to do to fix a leaking tap.

Identify where the leak is coming from: Carry out an inspection to identify the source of the leak.

Get replacement parts, identify the parts to be replaced and check out on your local hardware shop and get the parts that need to be replaced in most cases the parts are a replacement washer and o rings. If you don’t have the necessary tools at home also purchase those the tools you will need are an adjustable spanner, pliers, screwdriver, a rag or thin cloth, petroleum jelly or penetrating spray oil which will loosen tight screws and nuts.

What you should do to repair your dripping tap

Cut off the water supply

Ensure that the water supply is turned off before starting repairs. This can be done by turning clockwise the handles above the sink or the knobs underneath that control the flow of water from mainline. You can also look for the nearest stop valve and turn it off.

Remove the handle and any decorative parts attached to the handle knobs. This is done by a flat-head screwdriver. Loosen the screw that fastens the handle to the stem and gently detach your handle using a screwdriver. Penetrating oil can be used to loosen the screw. Also, cover the decorative parts of the handle with a cloth to protect them from scratches. Secure the spout as you remove the handle so as to prevent the handle and stem from turning around. Care should also be taken not to crack the sink or damage the pipework. Once you have removed the body of the tap, detach the washer from the pin. This can be done by pulling it off using pliers, or by unscrewing a small nut at the bottom. Carry out an inspection to establish the damage to the washer which is causing the leakage. If there’s no damage to the washer, check out the valve inside the fitting if it is worn out.

Replace the damaged parts. Washers are replaced by pushing it down the pin using the side of your spanner or pliers. Apply petroleum jelly on the washer to minimise friction.

Replace the tap handle. Hold the tap securely as you tighten the nut. Care should also be taken not to damage the decorative parts. Turn on the water valve so as to check whether the tap is working properly and that the leak has been fixed.

It is important to note that all plumbing repair beyond simple tasks like replacing taps and washers should be done by professionals. We hope that our blog has been helpful and have considered the importance of hiring a qualified plumber to repair any big leakages or issues. If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01536 680 920 or head over to our website.


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