A dripping tap is not only an annoyance - it can also lead to wasted water and higher bills. Fixing a leaky tap is a straightforward task that can be accomplished with a few basic tools and a little know-how. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to fix a dripping tap, ensuring you can enjoy a peaceful and efficient home.

Essential Tools & Equipment

Step 1: Turn Off The Water Supply

  • Before starting any plumbing work, turn off the water supply to prevent any unwanted spills. 

  • Locate your stop tap, usually found under the kitchen sink, by the front door, or under the stairs. 

  • If your unit is modern, you might have an isolation valve underneath each sink.

Step 2: Prepare The Work Area

  • Place a bucket under the tap to catch any residual water. 

  • As a precaution, put the plug in the sink to prevent any small parts, like screws, from going down the drain.

Step 3: Dismantling The Tap

  • Gently pop off the top of the tap. 

  • Loosen and unscrew the top part to reveal the mechanism inside.

Step 4: Accessing The Tap Mechanism

  • Using a pozi headed screwdriver, unscrew the mechanism. 

Step 5: Identifying The Faulty Washer

  • The primary cause of a dripping tap is usually a degraded rubber washer. 

  • Using the wrench and adjustable spanner, remove the old washer. 

  • Ensure you protect the tap with an old cloth to prevent any scratches.

Step 6: Installing a New Washer

  • Replace the old, degraded washer with a new one. 

  • Tighten the washer in place using the adjustable spanner.

Step 7: Reassembling The Tap

  • Once the new washer is in place, reassemble the tap by following the dismantling steps in reverse order.

Step 8: Ensuring a Drip-Free Tap

  • Turn the water supply back on and test the tap.

  • There should be no more dripping.

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