The Dreaded Leaky Tap

The dreaded leaky tap – what to do to make it stop?

Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip.

Ahhh… the sound of the dreaded leaky tap that keeps you up at night. An absolute pain in the rear-end and unfortunately a situation that far too many of us have had to deal with.

The kind of leak that we’re talking about is the one where you tighten your tap so tight you almost can’t reopen it and yet, the drip does not stop.

So, why is the dripping happening and what can you do to make it STOP?

The dripping is most likely happening because the faucet valve (which is in the handle and controls the on/off water flow) has deteriorated and lost its water-tight seal. In most cases, all that needs to happen is for the faucet valve to be re-seated and washers need to be replaced, it’s a job that you can definitely DIY if you’re handy.

How To Stop A Leaky Tap

Step 1: Turn off your water supply

Step 2: Using a spanner, take off the tap’s cover to remove the handle. You’ll probably find this under the hot or cold sign.

Step 3: Undo the screw and remove the handle. If the tap has a metal cover, unscrew it by hand, or use a wrench or tap spanner.

Step 4: Unscrew the tap bonnet, and completely remove the headgear. You should see a large body washer, o-ring and jumper valve.

Step 5: Re-seat the base of the tap with a reseating tool.

Step 6: Replace the body washer, the o-ring and the jumper valve with new parts if required.

Step 7: Refit the bonnet and spindle. Be careful not to over-tighten.

Step 8: Put the tap back together, turn it off, and turn the water main back on. Now check the tap to make sure it’s no longer leaking.

If the leak has stopped they ‘HOORAY!’ you’ve fixed it! If not, then it’s time to call a pro to get the drip sorted.

If you’re having trouble or don’t would rather leave the job up to the professionals, get in touch with us here at Drains Plus, call 1800 420 000 to enquire about our blocked drain services.