Few things are quite as irritating or wasteful as a chronic leaking tap! The ancient Chinese invented water torture utilizing the maddening impact of a single, repetitive drop of water so we too understand the importance of getting to the bottom of the problem immediately before you have the opportunity to go too crazy!
A compromised washer is actually a very common household problem that is generally quick and easy to resolve without the need for outside intervention. To prevent your bathroom from housing the onset of a manmade monsoon, it’s better to repair the fault as quickly as possible. Here are the tips from our experts at Bella Bathrooms so that you’ll be leak free in next to no time.
Get your Gear
You’ll need to have to hand a screwdriver, washers and an adjustable spanner. That’s literally all the equipment you’ll need!
Find the source of the leak
Taps tend to leak from any available orifice but certain locations are more prone to leakage than others. The taps base, moveable junctions or the spout itself are all prime locations. Localise the source of your leak before you get to work.
Leave your taps on but turn the water off at the mains.
Understand the reason for damage
The primary reason for leaking bath or basin taps is damaged or worn washers, which will then require replacement. The replacement washer needs to be the same size as the washer already in place, in order to work effectively. Taps can leak for other reasons, for example, a seating valve may be damaged.
Get to Work
Block your sink and remove the screw cap from the side of the tap using a flat-head screwdriver. You can then remove the screw itself. Your spanner can be used to remove the nut and headgear. Oil or Vaseline can be used to lubricate stubborn headgear that refuses to budge. Be persistent! Once you’ve removed the washer, you will need to apply your new washer to the headgear nut and reconnect it to your tap. Your leaking problem will not be rectified if you do not adequately tighten the headgear back to the tap so ensure you use your muscles! You still want to be gentle because you do not want to damage your fixtures in the process.
If the source of the leak is at a joining junction, you need to unscrew the faucet head and replace the washers here with washers of identical size. Re-screw the faucet head and reconnect the water supply and your water should be running in a continuous flow rather than in agitating drips.
Remember that although a leaking or dripping tap is annoying, it usually doesn’t take much to rectify it and can easily and effortlessly be done at home. As always, if you can’t quite get to grips with the tap yourself or are finding it challenging to remove the headgear, a plumber can always be called to tackle the matter quickly.