How to Repair a Leaking Tap

How to repair a leaking tap?

A leaking tap is one of the most common problems that we encounter in our households. Though most house problems call for a repairman’s help, there are some repairs that you could actually do on your own. In the case of a leaking tap, you don’t have to immediately call a plumber to fix this problem. Simply follow these steps on how to repair a leaking tap.

1. Turn off the water supply. 
Before working on the leaking tap, you have to turn off the water supply first. Be careful when turning the valve off so that it won’t break apart.

2. Cover the sink hole. 
To avoid your screws, washers and other small materials from falling down the drain, don’t forget to cover the sink hole prior to working.

3. Remove the top of the tap. 
Using a screwdriver, unscrew the cover of the tap to expose the retaining screw. Remove this screw and put it in a safe place. After that, you may now remove the head of the tap.

4. Remove the headgear nut to expose the washer
Remove the larger headgear nut with the use of a spanner. You have to make sure that you do this step gently or else you might damage the pipe work attached to it. If you damage the pipe work it could cause a major leak and you would have to call a plumber to fix it. If the headgear nut is still difficult to turn, you could apply some oil around the joint and wait for about 5-10 minutes for it to soak in the oil before trying to remove it again. You could also try to apply some heat to it by using an electric paint stripper or a blow torch but always remember to be careful when using such equipments.

5. Remove the washer. 
Remove the washer using a screwdriver. If you’re having difficulty removing the washer, you could try to use oil again to lubricate it.

6. Fit and replace the new washer. 
After fitting the new washer, grease the base of the tap before putting everything back into place.

7. Reassemble the tap. 
Put everything back into place using a screwdriver and a spanner. Turn on the water supply and check if the problem was solved.

If you still see any problems with your tap which the tips above can’t fix, then don’t try to experiment fixing it as it might cause another problem. Don’t risk it and call a plumber immediately. You could visit the Homefix Handyman website to search for professional plumbers who would be much more than willing to do the job for you.

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