HOW TO REPLACE A TAP WASHER – If you have a leaking tap it could simply be the washer inside the tap is old and degraded. Changing a tap washer is an easy job that takes very little time and will save you water and money. In this guide below we show you, with practical steps and a video on how to change a tap washer that will stop that dripping tap.
Turn the water off from the mains valve. This is generally located in the front of your home. You will see a small round of square hole with a steel plate. Generally your water meter is located inside this as well. If you cannot locate this then have a look under your kitchen sink – there should be a ‘Stop Valve’ that you can turn on and off to cut the water supply.
Turn the tap / faucet on so that the water in the pipes drains. Let the water in the pipes drain fully before you start working on your tap / faucet.
On the top of the tap / faucet is a cover plate that hides the screw. Use a flat head screwdriver to flip this off and undo the screw that holds the tap / faucet head in place.
Take an adjustable spanner and place this on the packing nut. With your other hand hold the tap firmly in place and then loosen the packing nut.
Now that the packing nut is loose you can lift the entire tap / faucet head out.
Look at the bottom of the tap / faucet stem and you should see the washer. It might be held in place by a small nut, so loosen this and remove the washer.
Before you fit a new washer clean any dirt or grime. If there is a build up of limescale then clean this.
Make sure the new washer is seated properly and reassemble the tap / faucet.
Turn on your mains water supply and test the tap / faucet to make sure it’s no longer leaking or dripping.