Fix a leaking tap with this simple Letsfitit guide.
The first thing you will want to do is make some small adjustments. With time, parking brake systems tend to wear. A parking brake system is made with a bunch of pulleys and cables. These cables will and do stretch over time. First, check your service manual to make sure you are making the adjustments correctly. When you make the adjustments, you will tighten the cable, or remove the additional ‘slack’.
Isolate the water, you don’t want to get soaking wet. Turn the stop cock off. If you have a mixer tap you may need to turn off both the hot and cold water supply to the tap.
Turn tap to the on position to ensure your stop cock valve is working correctly (if water is still flowing your valve is faulty and you will need to call a plumber). A useful tip is to put the plug in to ensure no bits fall down the waste pipe.
Take tap head off using a spanner to reveal washer and remove faulty washer with the blade of a flathead screwdriver.
Insert new washer and reassemble tap to original condition. All in, it would take a qualified plumber ten minutes to complete the job, but for a novice allow an hour. Washers should last 10 years. If water keeps dripping your taps may well need changing. This will involve selecting a new set of taps, isolating the water supply (as above) and installing new tap units to the plumbing system, a job which may also require a plumber.
Tools needed Spanner – a spring-loaded spanner that turns both ways. Basins can be hard to reach so a telescopic spanner is useful for tightening and releasing nuts. You can use it with one hand. A good one will cost £5 from any hardware shop. A couple of screwdrivers – a Phillips and a flat head A Stanley knife to lift the head of the tap