Leaky taps – replacing the washer

Posted: June 30, 2010 by DIY Big Boss in Plumbing / Pipes / Irrigation / Hydroponics, Taps / Bathroom Fixtures & Fittings
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Fixing a leaking tap, photo courtesy of Alex Evans

The sound is drumming into your brain, drip, drip, drip, and no matter how you try to shut it out, it is still there.  So if you want to fix it, we here at DIY HQ we can help, because it really is very simple!

Leaking taps are usually caused by one of two things, washers that are no longer performing as they should or that your tap needs to be reseated!

Replacing the washer

First thing is first, turn off your water at the mains and put the plug in the sink, to stop any bits being lost.  Then using a screwdriver, flick off the tap’s cover which will reveal the screw.  Undo this and remove the handle.  Remove the handle, being careful not to scratch the surface.

Now unscrew the tap bonnet using a spanner or a wrench. From here you can remove the o-ring, the jumper valve and the washer.  You will now need to get replacements, measure the washer and items using a ruler, and then rummage through the DIY Bargin Bin Plumbing / Pipes / Irrigation / Hydroponic section to see if we have the parts you need.

Replace each of these then reassemble in the same way as you took it apart.

  1. Needaplumberperth says:

    Right,Good to see these useful info here..Thanks a lot for sharing them with us….

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