Easy Steps to Fix a Leaky Tap
A tap that leaks can give you problems you don’t expect. Imagine that even slow and continuous drops may lead to higher water bills, wasting water and water damage. The good thing is repair on a leaky tap is actually a simple task and you don’t have to call for a plumber to complete the job.
The following are possible causes for a leaky tap:
- Corrosion of the valve seat
- Worn out seals and O-rings
- Buildup on washers and valve parts
- Loose parts
There are simple steps to stop the leak and it can be fixed by doing the following:
Materials Needed to Repair a Leaky Tap
To make the process quick and easy, make sure to collect all required tools and materials before you get started. The following are the necessary materials to fix a leaky tap. You can buy these tools at any plumbing shop in Australia.
- Adjustable wrench
- WD-40 or other lubricant
- Flathead screwdriver
- White vinegar
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Scouring pad
- Replacement parts
Shut Off the Water
Before starting the job, turn the water off to avoid accidental flooding in your bathroom or kitchen. Search for the shutoff valves beneath the sink and turn off the water to the fixture or turn off the main supply of water for the whole house.
Remove Tap Handles
By using a flathead screwdriver, remove the taps decorative handles. To remove the screws that keep the handles, use the Phillips head screwdriver. For corroded screws or other handle parts that are hard to remove, use WD-40 to lubricate and then loosen the parts.
Inspect the Tap Parts
To loosen the packing nut you can use the wrench and open the stem. Check the packing nut as well as the stem for any indications of buildup or corrosion. Also examine the O-ring and then the washer in the valve seat to ensure that they are in good condition. Clean the parts to get rid of any buildup or deposits.
Clean the Valves
After all removing all the parts from the tap, inspect the valves for any deposits or buildup. To dissolve mineral deposits, pour white sugar on the area and soak in few minutes. Then, take out the stopper from the drain and pour water on the valves in order to wash away dirt and debris. Finally, you can put the tap back in the reverse order of all the steps you did. Replace corroded and damaged parts with new ones. Turn on the water supply and see if the faucet still leaks.
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