How to fix a dripping tap
If one of your taps is dripping, it could cause more significant problems than just an annoying noise. A dripping tap can have more of an impact on your water bills than you might realise, so it is imperative that you take action before more money goes down the drain. There is a chance that you will be able to repair your dripping tap yourself, saving you time and money on a service from a plumber. Here is our guide to fixing a dripping tap:
What should I do if my tap is dripping?
Fixing your dripping tap can be easy if you have the right tools. Once you have determined where the leak is coming from you should be able to carry out the necessary repairs. If the leaking water is coming from beneath the handle, then the valve O-ring will need to be replaced. If the water is coming from beneath the spout it is the spout O-ring that will need replacing. Should the water be leaking from the spout itself, you will need to replace the washer.
Replacing a tap spout O-ring
Firstly, get below the sink and use a spanner to loosen the nut that secures the tap to the sink. Next, make sure that the tap is facing you and remove the small grub screw with a screwdriver. Lift up the spout so you can reach the rubber ring at the bottom of it. This is the O-ring, and you can now carefully replace it with the help of a screwdriver. To finish the job, return all the parts to their positions and re-tighten the screws.
Replacing a tap valve O-ring
Removing the tap valve will require a different approach depending on the type of tap you have. Take a look at the instructions for your tap and follow them. Once you have removed the valve, you will be able to carefully replace your damaged O-ring and secure the tap valve back into position.
Fix your leaking taps
There are two types of valves that are usually found in taps. The process you will need to follow will be determined by whether you have a compression tap valve or a ceramic disk valve.
Fixing a compression valve tap
If there is a handle cap, the first thing you should do is remove it. Unscrew the screw beneath it to remove the handle, before unscrewing the rest of the valve cover. Use a spanner to loosen the valve and then remove it. Make sure that the valve is steady by holding it in place with a spanner and use a screwdriver to remove the screw that holds the washer in place. Carefully replace the washer before returning the valve, valve cover, tap handle, and handle cap to their positions.
Fixing a ceramic disc valve tap
Reveal the top of the valve by removing the handle cap, using an Allen key if necessary. Loosen and remove the valve with a spanner. See if there is any damage or grime on the ceramic disc valve before cleaning or replacing it. Finally, put the valve and handle cap back into their positions.
Trust the experts
If you are unsure about the type of tap that you have or the cause of your leak, you should call on the services of a specialist. Here at Bromley Plumbers, we are experts when it comes to repairing leaking taps. Give us a call on 0204 579 2393 or email email@example.com and we will respond quickly to discuss your requirements.