Plumber Tips : Stoping a Leaking Tap

Posted : Monday 14th January 2013

It is quite common for your tap to have an irritating drip, This is usually because someone hasn't turned it off tightly enough, or a bit of rubber inside it has wasted away to nothing. Take a good look at the tap. Is it dripping from the spout? If so, a washer has gone. Is it dripping from the top? If so, an O-ring needs replacing.

How to to fix step by step:

1. Turn off the isolation valve to your taps.

2. Put the plug in the sink.

3. Pop off the lid of the tap.

4. There's a screw inside. Unscrew it.

5. Expose the cartridge.

6. Pull the cartridge out.

7. Get in the car or on the bus to your local plumbers' merchant. Show them the cartridge and ask for a new washer to fit.

8. Unscrew or pop off the washer, pop the new one in, and put your tap back together.

9. Tighten it all up hand-tight, plus a quarter turn.

Top tip: As you dissemble your tap, keep all the separate parts in the order in which they came out so that you can easily put them back again. Take a photo if you want to be super-certain.


This article was written with help and input from our local Berkshire plumbers. They have years of experience in plumbing and heating and we believe they know all there is to know when it comes to plumbing services.

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