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10 Easy Steps In Fixing A Leaking Tap

A common household issue that can lead to costly water bills for months if left unattended. There are a lot of causes with having problematic taps but in most cases, they are just easy to fix. If the insides of the piping is involved, better have it fixed with a licensed plumber for assurance.

It is important for us to know the basic parts of a tap. Some specialised taps has its own set of parts but the most common ones are these.

  • Button
  • Button Spanner
  • Handle
  • Flange
  • Bonnet
  • Spindle
  • O’Ring
  • Body Washer
  • Valve
  • Stainless Steel Seat

Here are some basic and important tools needed for the procedure:

  • Wrench or Spanner

Is used to rotate pipes. It helps in giving a good grip without engaging or damaging the nut and fittings.

  • Pliers

Has similar functions with the wrench but is also used in gripping and rotating small parts.

  • Screwdriver

Are used to drive or remove screws using its specific heads. Philips screw heads are the most commonly used screwdrivers.

  • A piece of cloth

To protect delicate parts. Avoiding any minor scratches or damages to prolong parts life.

  • Washers (New)

Quality new washers for better performance and longevity.

  • Lubricant

Reducing friction, heat and wear when used between solid surfaces like wood, rubber, plastics and metals.

Here are the 10 Easy Steps for fixing your leaking taps:

  1. Turn off the water main source. This can be found normally in front of the house or in the bathroom. Other cases like in town-houses, water mains are located in the laundry.
  2. Turn on all taps in the house to clear all the water remains in the pipes. This is to avoid water from dripping while fixing the damaged tap.
  3. Put on the plug in the basin to avoid tap parts from getting drained.
  4. Using the screwdriver, remove the tap cover. It is usually located under the hot and cold symbol.
  5. Undo the screw and remove the handle.
  6. Use the wrench or spanner covered with cloth to protect any chrome finish to remove the flange or the metal cover. Some metal covers can be unscrewed by hand.
  7. Unscrew tap bonnet, completely take out the spindle to see the tap valve, o-ring and the body washer. If possible, replace all washers with new ones.
  8. After replacing washers, you can now refit the bonnet and spindle. Make sure that you don’t over tighten the nuts. It can affect its performance and longevity.
  9. Apply some lubricant to the spindle and all threaded areas before reassembling the tap. Turn off the tap gently, then turn on the mains.
  10. Check the fixed tap by turning it on and off back again with small hand pressure to avoid over tightening and over loosening. For it can damage the washers and the seat. There should be no more leaks after the process if the the components have been set up correctly.

For extreme damages and better fix results, it is always better to have serviced by a licensed plumber.