A dripping tap maybe one of the most annoying sounds in the kitchen or bathroom. Fixing the problem is a simple DIY job that will save you a hefty plumber’s call-out charge.
Removing the headgear Turn off the water supply. Put in the plug so that any small parts won't be lost down the waste pipe.Take off the top of the tap - you may need to unscrew this. If so, use a wrench to unscrew the large headgear nut.Tip: To unscrew the bell-shaped cover of a conventional tap, pad the jaws of a spanner or pipe wrench with a cloth to avoid damaging the surface of a tap.
Replacing the washer Prise off the old washer from underneath the headgear nut with a screwdriver.Push the new washer into place and screw the headgear back on to the tap. Do not over tighten.Replace the top of the tap and turn on the water supply to check for drips.
Cleaning the valve seating If the tap still drips, the area underneath the washer may be worn or coated with limescale. This can be cleaned with a special reseating tool available from plumber's merchants.Push the end of the tool into the tap and twist it round to clean the metalwork.