How to fix a dripping tap: DIY expert’s ‘good tip’ for an easy fix |

2021-12-25 01:59:45 By : Ms. Yvette Young

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Dripping taps are a waste of water and can stain sinks with limescale over time. While it may be tempting to leave it, this can actually do more damage. The problem will get worse and could lead to bigger structural problems in your home like damage to your foundations, walls and floors.

Luckily, a DIY expert has said fixing a leaky, dripping tap is a “doddle” to fix.

DIY expert Matt James shared in a video for B&Q his top tips for fixing a dripping tap.

One of Matt’s “good tips” was to pop the plug in when fixing the problem.

He said: “Here's a good tip for when you're doing the work, pop the plug in and that way any bits and pieces won't fall down the plug hole.

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“Also, try to have numerous different washer sizes on the hand because different taps obviously require different sizes.”

Matt shared step-by-step instructions for fixing a dripping tap too.

He said the first thing homeowners need to do is check if there is an isolation ball valve on the pipe under the sink.

If there is, turn it off by turning the screw head or handle on the valve so it's at a right angle to the flow of the pipe.

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Matt said a parallel position means “on”.

However, if the valve isn't there, you will need to turn off the water supply at the stopcock.

Some households have two of these so double check.

Matt continued: “Once isolated, drain remaining water in the pipe by turning on the tap.

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“Remove the tap head, undo the headgear nut with an adjustable spanner or pipe grips.

“If it's tight, protect the tap with a cloth and prevent it from rotating whilst undoing the nut.

“Remove the headgear assembly. The washer sits in the jumper and is either pressed in place often over a small button or retained by a nut.”

You may need to unscrew the nut holding the washer in place with an adjustable spanner, if necessary.

Now, prise out the old washer, insert a new washer and push it into the jumper.

The final steps involve reassembling the tap in the same way that you took it apart.

Turn the isolation ball valve under the sink back on or the stopcock, if required.

Test the tap and make sure there are no more leaks.

If there’s still a drip or leaks, you may need to contact a plumber.

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