A Leaking tap is a common issue lots of people have experienced in their homes. These are one of those plumbing issues that may just happen drastically and they need to be sorted out urgently. As annoying and frustrating it can be to deal with, you shouldn’t ignore leaking taps as it can cause severe damage to your home. Taps can leak for various reasons so it’s important to identify the specific issue. 

Fixing a leaking tap is a DIY kind of job that anyone can perform regardless if you are a beginner or you need a refresher. With that being said if you are not 100% confident about what you are doing or how you are doing it, call your nearest plumbing company.

Let’s dive into the steps!

1.Gather your supplies

Some of the tools you will need are;

  • Spanner
  • Tap Lubricant
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • A cloth
  • Plumbers tape
  • Pair of scissors

2. Turn off Water From Main Supply

Once you turn off the main supply, turn on the leaking tap and let the water run out. The water will stop flowing pretty fast. If it doesn’t, it probably means that you haven’t turned the water off properly and you should check on that. Once it stops, put a plug in your sink to avoid losing important parts down the drain once you start fixing.

3. Remove the Taps Cover/button that’s at the Top

Do this using a spanner. The covering for most taps is normally written ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ or appears in the color red and blue. This is what holds the handle on.

4. Take off the Taps Handle/headgear

This is the part you use to turn the water on and off. Once you unscrew the handle, you will expose the skirt

5. Remove the Skirt/cover Plate

Use a spanner to loosen the skirt to remove it. Putting some plumbers tape around it will help give you extra grip on the smooth chromed surface and wrapping the cloth around the tap will help to protect it from scratches and damage from your tools. The plumbers tape might leave some sticky residue but you can always clean that off later.

6. Remove Tap Bonnet

Unscrew the tap bonnet also known as stem or body of the tap using your spanner. You should see a body washer, o-ring and jumper valve. Remove the body washer that remains on the tap base and pull out the jumper valve, which has washer attached to its base.

7. Replace with New Parts

Replace the body washer, the o-ring and the jumper valve with new parts. Take the body washer to your nearest local hardware store to find a suitable replacement. Pick up the tap bonnet and loosen or cut the O-ring from the shaft with a pair of scissors or utility knife, if required. Get a matching O-ring from the hardware store and simply roll it down over the stem into the same position after cleaning it.

8. Reassemble your Tap

Insert the washer and jumper valve, then screw the tap bonnet back on and tighten it sufficiently with a wrench or spanner. Put the tap back together and turn it off. Turn on the water from the main supply. Gently turn on your tap to let out trapped air. Check whether it is still leaking.

That’s it! Pat yourself on the back if you fixed it successfully and if you didn’t, don’t be too hard on yourself.

If you are a Toowoomba local and are looking for professional and quality plumbers, get in touch with us at JH Plumbing for all your plumbing and gas needs. Feel free to contact us at any time as we provide 24hr emergency plumbing services.

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