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How to Fix a Leaking Tap Yourself

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Ashish Dadgaa is a consultant with 10 years of experience in the plumbing industry. He writes about plumbing maintenance tips.

11 Easy Steps on How to Repair a Leaky Tap or Faucet
11 Easy Steps on How to Repair a Leaky Tap or Faucet

The annoying drip of a leaky tap keeps you awake at night and it can increase your water bills. Are you tired of it? Do you want a quick solution but don't want to pay hefty plumbing fees?

No worries, you are in the right place. I will show you 11 simple and easy steps to stop the annoying drip. It is easier and simpler than you think. You just need some tools and materials. So, shall we start?

COMPLEXITY
TIME
COST
Simple
30 minutes
Under $20

Tools and Materials

  • Spanner
  • Adjustable C - wrench
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • New rubber washers
  • Cloth
  • Small water bucket

This diagram identifies the essential parts of the tap. Use this for reference if you don't know what the parts are called.
This diagram identifies the essential parts of the tap. Use this for reference if you don't know what the parts are called. | Source

How to Fix: 11 Steps

Step 1

The first thing you need to do is turn off the cold and hot water supply. For that, you will have to know where your stopcock is. It is generally located underneath your sink or in your backyard or sometimes under your stairs. Once your turn off the water, turn on the tap and let the water drain completely from the water lines.

Turn off the water by stopcocks.
Turn off the water by stopcocks.

Step 2

Take important precautions before you start. Put a small water bucket underneath the sink in case the water drips or flows out, so you don't spoil the floor. Plug the basin so that when you open the assembly, the little parts which pop off don't go down to the drain.

Step 3

To take off the tap's handle, remove the screw cover then, with the help of screwdriver, unscrew the handle and pull it out.

Remove the screw cover with a spanner.
Remove the screw cover with a spanner. | Source

Step 4

To uncover the tap valve beneath, pull off and put aside the tap handle and top covering.

Remove the top covering of valve.
Remove the top covering of valve. | Source

Step 5

Use an adjustable spanner to loosen up the tap valve to unscrew the bottom valve from the tap seat.

Remove the valve from the tap by using an adjustable spanner.
Remove the valve from the tap by using an adjustable spanner. | Source

Step 6

You will see a black rubber washer at the bottom. It may be fixed with a screw. You need to simply unscrew it and pull it off. Note: It might be that washer that makes your tap leaky. The rubber degrades over time and prevents that nice, tight seal between the top and bottom part of the tap.

Fix new washer to stop the dripping.
Fix new washer to stop the dripping. | Source
Remove the old washer.
Remove the old washer. | Source

Step 7

Now put a new rubber washer on the top of the valve and affix it back on the tap seat with a screw.

Step 8

Now fit the valve tap on and tighten it with a help of C - wrench and spanner.

Step 9

Now fit the covering cap on the valve with a top handle on it and gently tighten it with a screwdriver. (Don't give too much, or else you might disturb the alignment of the tap.)

Step 10

Turn the water on for testing. (Ensure that the tap is properly fixed and closed. Only then you can turn on the stopcock, otherwise you will get wet!)

Step 11

Once it is tested and you are sure that water is not dripping, take out the bucket and collect your tools.

There we go: No more dripping tap! Now you can have peaceful sleep. Just imagine how much money you have saved in plumber's fees.

A small tap leakage can waste four gallons of water a day, so for the sake our planet, fix that dripping tap.

Health & Safety

  • Don't forget to wear safety gear like gloves or goggles. (Don't be overconfident, as we are not professional plumbers.)
  • Ensure that all the nearby electrical devices are switched off.

11 Easy Steps on How to Repair a Leaky Tap or Faucet

© 2017 Ashish Dadgaa

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      Ashish Dadgaa 4 months ago

      @Alyssa,

      Aahhh then I am a bit late :) Wow, that's good but I will pray to God that nothing happens to your excellent plumbing system as plumbing problems are really annoying and expensive. However, you can share your bookmarked with any of your friend who is facing this problem :)

      Thank you so much for your feedback and view :)

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      Alyssa 4 months ago from Ohio

      I definitely could have used this article 5 years ago in our previous house. Luckily our new house has excellent plumbing. However, I will keep this article bookmarked for future reference. Thank you!

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      Sakina Nasir 6 months ago from Kuwait

      I'm sure it will be of help. You're most welcome dear! :)

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      Ashish Dadgaa 6 months ago

      @Sakina,

      :) :) :)

      I am happy that you liked this genre of hub. This is something unique which you don't require every day but when you need it, you need in emergency :)

      I hope this solve people's problem :)

      Thank you so much :)

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      Sakina Nasir 6 months ago from Kuwait

      This hub is so detailed with perfect images too. I'm sure people will find this very useful. Dripping taps are a nuisance and water is wasted too sadly. Great job with this hub buddy! :) Keep writing such useful hubs.

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      Ashish Dadgaa 6 months ago

      @MsDora,

      Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. :)

      I am glad that my hub can solve your problem :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      I've needed these instructions many times, and expect to need them again. Very helpful and well done!

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      sannwi 6 months ago

      You're Very Welcome :)

      Bless You Too :)

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      Ashish Dadgaa 6 months ago

      @SA Williams,

      Thank you so much for your feedback :) I am glad that you liked my work :)

      Bless you.

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      sannwi 6 months ago

      Excellent article Ashish! Very thorough. I love the layout from start to end.