How to fix a leaking tap

February 29, 2024

Not only do leaky taps produce an annoyance, but they can also create headaches. If left unchecked, a
malfunctioning tap can waste up to 13.6 litres (3 gallons) of water daily,
that’s enough to fill eight kettles and throw it all out!

In daily living, leaking or
leaky taps can be a major problem. In addition to making a loud noise, they
have the potential to leak and waste up to three gallons of water every day.
You’ll eventually notice that your water costs are increasing and that the
things you pay for are decreasing

Ensure you have the
appropriate replacement parts and know the type of tap you are working with.

Although repairs may cost
more upfront, they will ultimately save you money. You can repair the dripping
tap on your own if you’re handy. Here is a blog entry for those who want to
handle this maintenance problem yourself.

Which equipment is required?

To assist you with this
work, you will need the following:

  • A spanner that can be adjusted
  • Cross-headed and flat-headed screwdrivers are
  • Replacement parts for the lubricant: a ceramic
    valve cartridge or new O-rings and washers will be required, depending on the
    type of tap you’re using.
  • A box spanner will also be required if the spout
    O-ring needs to be replaced.

Types of Taps and their peculiar
leaking patterns

Conventional faucets

Traditional water tap types
leak because of a broken washer, which needs to be changed.

Single-piece lever taps

Leaking in a Monobloc tap
is most likely the result of a cracked ceramic cartridge. The best course of
action is replacement.

Instruments You’ll Require

A cross-headed screwdriver,
an adjustable wrench, replacement O-rings or cartridges, and plumber’s tape.

Procedures To Fix A Leaking Tap

Cut off the primary water supply.

Cutting off your home’s
water supply is the procedure’s first and most crucial step. By doing this, you
can avoid inadvertently flooding your bathroom or kitchen.


Check by turning on the tap
after you’ve turned off the water. You can start now if there is no water
leaking out!

Take the handles off

It’s time to take off the
handles after shutting off the water. The kind of fixture you have will
determine the removal technique.

: A screw beneath the
cover on some tap handles is hidden. Just unscrew the handle and take off the
caps with the flat-head screwdriver.

grub screw handles
:To unscrew
the grub screw on these handles, an Allen key is needed. Once the screw is
removed, the handle can be removed.

on handles that unscrew
: Levers
on some taps include an additional screw underneath that can be accessed by
unscrewing the lever.

Take the cartridge out.

After the handles are
removed, the cartridge (the tap stem) is seen. Some are easily removed, but
others need to be unscrewed using a spanner.

Before removing the
cartridge, lay a cloth underneath it in case any extra water leaks.

Examine the components to
determine the source of the leak.

After removing the
corresponding parts, it’s time to identify the leak’s source. Examine each
component closely for wear and tear or if any are fractured.

High water pressure could
be the source of the leak if they’re in good shape.

Resolve the problem

Replace any broken, rusted,
or damaged parts with new ones. To stop leaks, it’s crucial to ensure that
washers and o-rings fit perfectly.

As an alternative, find the
water pressure regulator and slowly adjust it if high water pressure is the
source of the leak.

Reinstall the cartridge and the

Once the required
components have been replaced, reassemble the tap by entering the cartridge and
the handle.

Check for leaks and turn on the
main water supply

The final step is to turn
the water supply back on and inspect for leaks when the tap has been rebuilt.

If required, adjust the
water pressure regulator more until you achieve the ideal setting.

Extra tips to repair a water tap

Here are some
recommendations to assist you in ensuring that the leak is fixed smoothly and

     You can shield your tap by using a towel or
masking tape.

     To preserve the polish and avoid scratches, use a
cloth or masking tape when disassembling the tap.

     When buying a replacement, take the part to the
hardware store.

     Before doing this work, find out what the
plumbing laws in your state require. It can be against the law to perform
unlicensed plumbing work, and your insurance might not cover you.

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