Tapware Repairs – A Quick Step-By-Step Guide
When it comes to leaking taps, you have to remedy the problem ASAP to avoid the associated hassles including wasted water, increased water bills, and other inconveniences involved. Fortunately, stopping leaks is fairly easy to do.
If the leak occurs during odd hours when a plumber cannot immediately come over, here are some of the steps that you need to do to fix the problem temporarily until a professional can come in for tapware repairs.
Checklist of tools and materials
In order to stop the leaking of your tap, you will need a 12mm washer, an O-ring, a jumper valve, cloth (to protect the finish of the tap), a wrench and a screwdriver. Some repairs may require the use of a reseating kit.
Before you proceed with the repair, be aware that in some territories, only professionally licensed plumbers are permitted to perform plumbing works and it is good to enquire with the appropriate authorities first.
Calling in the experts
Even though fixing a leaking tap is a fairly straightforward task, it is still worthwhile to call in an expert plumber who is trained to repair or replace taps. If the tap has seen better days, simply repairing it would not mean that it won’t leak in the future.
An expert plumber can also ensure that your tap will work like it did previously by using quality washers.
A Step-by-Step Guide
Taps have three washers: the jumper valve, the O-ring and the body washer. Any of these can cause the leak and you need to replace these to remedy the problem.
First you need to shut off the water mains which can be found either on your front yard or out in the street. If you live in an apartment, the main is located either inside your laundry area or bathroom.
The next thing you need to do is to open the tap to remove water that is left in the pipe.
After this, you need to prevent the various parts of the tap from being misplaced. The best way to do that is to place the plug in the basin.
Using the screwdriver, remove the cover of the tap so that you can see the screw. The screw is placed either beneath the hot or cold sign, although there are taps where the screws are found on the side.
Remove the screw and the handle.
If you tap has a metal cover, you need to remove this manually or through the use of a wrench. Use a cloth to avoid damaging the cover.
Unscrew the tap bonnet using a wrench and then take out the headgear. Upon removal of the headgear, the washers of the tap will be exposed.
Replace the washers and then re-assemble your tap. After that, check if the tap still leaks.
If the tap still leaks, you may need to reseat it. The purpose of reseating is to resurface the tap which gives it a tighter seal. For this, you will need a reseating kit.