This is something that we are not responsible for fixing, so it makes sense to do this yourself and save money on a plumber.
We are here to show you how easy it is to do yourself. Our friendly plumber Neil works in our Direct Maintenance team and shows you what to do here in a few easy steps.
Most taps leak because the washer is worn out. It’s a simple task to replace, you just need the right tools ready before you start.
What you will need:
- A screwdriver
- New washers
- A spanner
- A cloth
- Isolate your water supply on the valve underneath the sink by turning the screw with a screwdriver. If you don’t have one of these under your sink, there might be a blue lever or you could turn the water off at the mains.
- Use a blade or a Stanley knife to take the cap off the tap. Do this carefully so that you don’t hurt yourself or damage the tap.
- Take a screwdriver to undo the screw on the tap head.
- Use a spanner to undo the insert of the tap. It can be tight so just keep going until it is loose.
- To replace the washer, unscrew the screw which attaches it to the head. Take off the old washer and insert a new washer.
- Put the screw back onto the washer.
- Put the insert back onto the tap. Use the spanner to tighten it.
- Screw the tap head back on and the cap.
- Turn your water supply back on and test that your tap is not dripping.
So, as you can see, it’s quite easy to do. Don’t be scared, give it a try and improve your home.