With the nuisance that a leaky tap brings, and the ridiculously high costs of plumbing works, it is imperative you learn how to fix a leaky tap by yourself. Gone are the days where you have to call up a plumber and stare wide-eyed upon the receipt of a billing. All you have to do is follow these simple and easy to understand steps in fixing a leaky tap.

Fixing that Tap

Learning how to fix a leaky tap can be very easy. All you need are the right tools and materials. For this specific project, you will be needing a new washer (preferably the one that suits the tap that you have at home), some rags, a wrench and a screwdriver (Philips and flathead, depending on the screws).

There are some things you should do before you start pulling your tap apart. First, you should shut off the main water supply by shutting off the control valve. This can be found somewhere along the pipes under the sink. Turn the level or handle of the valve counter clockwise to switch it off.

Other than that, you also have to plug up the drain with the use of rags. By doing so, you are preventing small parts like washer and screws to go down the drain.

Once you have accomplished that, you can start with the process of fixing the leaky tap. But be informed that these steps can be applied only to conventional taps. Most unconventional taps differ from one another depending on type and brand and you might need specific repair kits for it.

  • Just below the handle, where the tap stem is attached to the water pipe, is a nut. Use a wrench to twist the nut counter clockwise to remove it. Turn the handle counter clockwise until you are able to remove it completely.
  • Once the handle is off, you can right away see a rubber-like washer held by a screw. This washer is probably very old and dilapidated, and this could be the reason behind the leaks. Unscrew the old washer using a screwdriver and install a new one. Make sure that the new washer is of the same size with the old washer. Tighten the screws to secure the new washer in place.
  • Reassemble everything. Replace the tap handle (turn it clockwise), and tighten back the stem nut to its original location.
  • Do the checking. Turn the water back on and see if the tap still leaks. If it still is, either you need to screw things more tightly or, you need to buy a new tap rather than a new washer. And if all else fails, seek professional help and call a plumber.

So, there you have it. The easiest and simplest ways that will teach you how to fix a leaky tap. By following these steps, you may never have to call another plumber again. You can say goodbye to ugly sink stains caused by long-standing drips, annoying dripping noises, and water wastage. All it takes is for you to learn these uncomplicated steps and you will never be helpless in dealing with a leaky tap in your lifetime ever again.

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