Did you know that just about all of your plumbing work around the house needs to be done by a fully-licensed professional? It’s difficult, technical and often dangerous work, so always give us a call to ensure it’s done right to protect your investment and family. But what about getting rid of the drip, drip, drip of a leaking tap by changing a tap washer?
The quick answer is yes: as long as you have the confidence and the basic tools, showerheads and tap washers can be changed by a confident homeowner. But do you have the know-how?
Hopefully, our easy 8 step guide will give you the confidence boost allowing you to attempt to change tap washers when you require. So read on, and then roll up your sleeves.
First of all, while learning how to change a tap washer isn’t brain surgery, that doesn’t mean it’s always a straightforward job. So if you think your tap problem is more serious than a simply worn washer, don’t risk creating an even bigger problem and bill and instead give the leaking tap repairs specialists a call.
Do you have a wrench, some pliers, some basic screwdrivers and some grease to lubricate the threads? Sounds like you’re ready to replace a tap washer!
Find the tap that controls the mains water supply to your house, and firmly turn it all the way off. Then, turn on the hot and cold taps at the sink you’re working on to make sure all the pressure is out of the system.
This is the tricky bit, and not just because most taps are assembled slightly differently. The real trick is to slow down and be patient and meticulous, working out which part needs to be undone first – and then moving onto the next. Normally, it starts with a small fastening, then the fitting, cover plates and flanges, but the really important part is to remember what order it all came off – because you’ll be putting it back together again, too!
* PRO TIP: Why not video the process with your phone’s video camera?
With the tap disassembled, you should be able to see the washer, o-ring and body washer. Take them out and inspect them – and expect to find visible signs of wear. Even if they’re not visibly worn, replace them with identical replacements, which may require a trip to your hardware store. And don’t forget to grease the threads in the process which will minimise future wear & tear.
Go back to step 4 and do it again – in reverse! If you get lost, refer back to your very handy video footage.
Turn your taps back off, and then head back out to the mains to turn that back on. Once back in the house, use your tap and see if it’s working like new.
Are you feeling smug and proud, or is the tap still leaking or worse?
Don’t worry, because the best and most trustworthy plumbers in Sydney’s North Shore and beyond are standing by and ready to assist! Whether you’ve got a drippy tap or you’ve just turned it into a plumbing emergency, Affordable Plumbing Solutions’ friendly and fully-licensed plumbers are always just around the corner and more than willing to help. How to replace a tap washer? Just give our affordable Sydney plumbing team a shout at any time!