How To Stop Dripping Taps – A Step By Step Guide
If your tap is dripping and no matter how hard you turn it, it won’t stop, it’s because the washer inside the tap has perished. So here’s Gas Care’s step by step guide on how to stop dripping taps.
- First things first, you need to locate the stop cock (this is normally under the sink in the kitchen or if you can’t find it, it will be outside under the pavement). Then you need to turn it off to isolate the water supply.
- Take off the lid of the tap (the part that indicates whether the tap is hot or cold), usually I’ll use a stanley blade or small slot head screwdriver.
- Under the lid there’s a screw, you need to undo this to take the tap head off and reveal the tap insert.
- Next, you need to undo the insert. For this you’ll need an adjustable spanner, be careful not to turn the entire tap though (you may need someone to hold it for you). The insert will have a hexagon head for the spanner to fit.
- When the tap insert is out, turn it over and you will see the tap washer. You now need to separate the washer from the insert. Sometimes there will be another tiny nut holding the washer in position, if so you need to undo this too.
- Next, give the seating in the actual tap body a little clean, also it is worth giving the insert a rub to make sure the new washer sits correctly in position.
- Replace with the new washer and put everything back together.
If you’re unsure of the correct size of the washer then once you have taken the old insert out you can take it to your local plumbers merchants, show them and they can advise you. It’s a good idea to either keep the washing bowl in the sink or keep the plug in so you don’t drop any of the small screws down the plug hole.