How to Fix a Leaking Tap Yourself
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?
Tools and Materials
- Adjustable C - wrench
- Flat head screwdriver
- New rubber washers
- Small water bucket
How to Fix: 11 Steps
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.
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.
To take off the tap's handle, remove the screw cover then, with the help of screwdriver, unscrew the handle and pull it out.
To uncover the tap valve beneath, pull off and put aside the tap handle and top covering.
Use an adjustable spanner to loosen up the tap valve to unscrew the bottom valve from the tap seat.
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.
Now put a new rubber washer on the top of the valve and affix it back on the tap seat with a screw.
Now fit the valve tap on and tighten it with a help of C - wrench and spanner.
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.)
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!)
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.
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