How to repair a dripping tap

You may have noticed your tap dripping, which can be really annoying and a waste of water. If you have a water meter, it’s even more of a reason to get a dripping tap fixed.

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.

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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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Take a screwdriver to undo the screw on the tap head.
  4. Use a spanner to undo the insert of the tap. It can be tight so just keep going until it is loose.
  5. To replace the washer, unscrew the screw which attaches it to the head. Take off the old washer and insert a new washer.
  6. Put the screw back onto the washer.
  7. Put the insert back onto the tap. Use the spanner to tighten it.
  8. Screw the tap head back on and the cap.
  9. 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.