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How to Repair a Leaky Faucet in 11 Easy Steps

Updated on March 20, 2017
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Ashish Dadgaa is a Plumbing 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 or it can increase your water bills. Are you tired of it? Do you want a quick solution to this problem? But, don't want to pay hefty fees to a plumber? No worries, you are at right place. I will show you 11 simple and easy steps to stop this 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

The following diagram identifies the essential parts of the tap. Kindly understand them well before you start.

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How to Fix: 11 Steps

Step 1

The first thing you need to do is turn off the cold and hot water supply. You can easily do this by stopcocks. For that, you will have to check where is your stopcock lying. 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 that you don't spoil the floor. Put a basin rubber plug-in, so that when we open the assembly of tap and the little screw parts which pop out don't go down to the drain pipe.

Step 3

Take out the 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; keep aside a tap handle and top covering.

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

Step 5

Utilize the adjustable spanner to loosen up the tap valve so that you 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 at the bottom which is called the rubber washer. It may be fixed with a screw. You need to simply unscrew it, and the rubber washer will come off. That washer makes your tap leaky. It is going to perish over the time and that stops the nice tight seal between the top and bottom part of the tap.

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

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Step 9

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

Step 10

You will have to 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 end up having a sudden water splash on you.)

Step 11

Once it is tested and you ensure that water in not dripping, take out the bucket and clean the surroundings.

There we go no more dripping tap and now you can have peaceful midnight sleep. Just imagine how much money you have saved on the plumber's fees. Keep in mind, if you are renting a property or even selling your property just a little repair like dripping tap can make it look very well maintained and clean.

A small tap leakage can waste 4 gallons of water a day, so for the sake our planet, fix that dripping tap.

Health & Safety

  • Don't forget to wear safety gears like hand gloves or goggles (Don't be overconfident as we are not professional plumbers)
  • Be aware of children while working and never let children to utilize or handle the tools.
  • Ensure that all the nearby electrical devices are switched off.


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    • simplehappylife profile image

      SA Williams 3 months ago from Earth

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

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      Ashish Dadgaa 3 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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      SA Williams 3 months ago from Earth

      You're Very Welcome :)

      Bless You Too :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 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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      Ashish Dadgaa 3 months ago

      @MsDora,

      Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. :)

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

    • SakinaNasir53 profile image

      Sakina Nasir 3 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 3 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 :)

    • SakinaNasir53 profile image

      Sakina Nasir 3 months ago from Kuwait

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

    • Alyssa Nichol profile image

      Alyssa 5 weeks 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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      Ashish Dadgaa 4 weeks 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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