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How to Fix a Leaking Tap Adelaide

Posted by on February 18, 2019
There are many issues that can occur in the plumbing system of your home. Most of them are very frustrating! But the most annoying of all is drip, drip, drip! A leaking tap Adelaide is a headache everybody faces at some time.

Leaking Tap Adelaide is usually a faulty washer

The main reason for a leaking tap Adelaide is typically the result of a worn or damaged washer. Often, it is very easy to fix. If you want to save yourself some money, then read the article below instead of calling out a plumber Adelaide. Plumbers will charge you more to attend your house on the weekend or after hours so be sure to read this article. Below is a step-by-step guide to replace your washer.

Establish the type and size of the washer of your leaking tap Adelaide

To replace a washer of your leaking tap Adelaide, you need to know what size the washer is.  As a rule of thumb:

  • Taps which turn on and off with a quarter-turn, have a ceramic disk inside a replaceable cartridge.
  • Taps which need to be turned several times have rubber sealing washers. It is very common that basin and bath taps have different sizes.
  • Mixer type taps normally have smaller washers.

When you go to the hardware store, take your old washer to the hardware store, or buy a packet with several different sized washers. Washers are not expensive.

The tools required to replace the washer are a spanner, screwdriver, some wire wool, a cloth, and a new washer.

How to replace the washer of your leaking tap Adelaide

  1. Turn off the main water supply to the leaking tap Adelaide.  There may be a valve which you can turn off underneath the sink or basin of the leaking tap Adelaide.
  2. If this is not the case, then you will have to turn off the water supply valve to the entire house. This is usually located on your property boundary nearest the nature strip.
  3. Turn the tap on fully to check that the water supply is switched off. There should be a small drip or trickle of water when this is done.
  4. Take off the faulty tap.  Usually, the tap can be pulled out if you remove the hot and cold indicator disk and then remove the small screw underneath it.
  5. You should now be able to see the stem of the tap, with a brass nut holding it in place. Unscrew the nut with a spanner and lift out the tap stem.  The washer is on the bottom of the piece.  Remove the washer and clean off any corrosion or scale using the wire wool.  Put on a new washer of the same size.  You should be able to just push it on, or, it may be held on with a small nut.
  6. Put the tap back together, turn the water supply back on, and you have fixed the leak and saved yourself money!

Not all tap washers are easy to replace. Some are more complicated and use different types of systems and washers.  Another problem is that over time the bolts and screws corrode and are difficult to remove. Do not attempt to apply force in trying to remove any part of the leaking tap. This could cause more damage to the taps and pipes or even damage the basin, bath or sink. If you are unsure it is preferable to call a plumber Adelaide who will address the problem with the correct tools and knowledge and could end up costing you less than if you were to damage any parts of your leaking tap Adelaide.

If you have an issue with a blocked drain Adelaide or hot water system Adelaide, then you need a 24-hour plumber Adelaide or an emergency plumber Adelaide to service you. You might also reach out to a gas plumber Adelaide to help you. Its important that you have a plumber Adelaide or an Adelaide Plumber and Adelaide plumbers you can trust. Plumbers Adelaide offer excellent service. We also specialize in drain camera Adelaide and carbon monoxide testing Adelaide and plumbing Adelaide services.

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