Leaking Tap – How to Fix It.

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How do you fix a leaking tap? Well its not really that hard.

The first thing that you have to do is turn off the mains water which is usually in your front yard.

The next step is to make sure you have a new washer. If you don’t have one you can buy it from the hardware store.

If your tap is in the kitchen or bathroom then you need to prize off the cover in the middle of the tap under which there will be a little nut.

This nut is usually recessed and you can get a special little tool to undo it or you can usually undo it with the edge of a correct sized spanner,

Once the handle is off don;t lose the spring, then its time to unscrew the chrome cover. Usually you can do this by hand.

Next its time to undo the spindle, this can be done with a spanner or even a shifting spanner.

Once the spindle is out, you will see the tap washer on the end of the spindle. Replace the washer. The washer is like a flat disc with a stick coming out the end.

put the stick out end of the new washer back in the spindle and screw the spindle back in and tighten it with the spanner.

Next put the chrome cover back on, screwing it on by hand. Put the spring and handle back on.

Screw the nut into the recess of the tap handle tightly and use a spanner or special tool.

Once everything is tight go and turn the mains water back on and you are all set. Your tap should no longer be leaking. and you now know how to fix a leaking tap.

Hopefully this has helped you fix a leaky tap in your home. Outside taps are a little different in that you just undo the spindle without taking off the handle. Happy plumbing.