The cause of a leaky tap is complex, but a plumber can fix a leaking tap in about 10 minutes. You can fix a leaky tap yourself if you do some research about the inner workings of your tap. Express.co.uk chatted to Heatable.co.uk’s resident plumber Pat Garner to find out how to fix a leaky tap.
Fixing a dripping tap is an easy job for a plumber, but it is more difficult to do if you’re untrained.
You’ll need the right tools and some spare time to research taps, but the task is definitely doable.
Pat said: “If you are willing to take the time required to study how taps work, then fixing a leaky tap can be a DIY task, but it does require a little more knowledge of tap components to do with competence.”
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Pat said: “Using a cross-headed screwdriver, remove the knobs of the tap.”
If the knobs have no screws, you just have to pull up or use a flat head screwdriver.
Next, use the adjustable spanner to loosen the packing nut and remove the stem.
Inspect all parts for visual damage and replace them if necessary.
Pat said: “If there is no obvious damage, check the O-ring and washer, if these are loose or damaged they will need to be replaced as they can lead to leaks.”
Finally, re-assemble all the parts and test the tap to see if the leaking is fixed.
Pat said: “Once you have replaced the parts and put the tap back together, the final step is to test if the tap is fixed and working without any issues.”