Whether it’s the cause of water pooling under your sink, or the annoying dripping sound that keeps you up at night, a leaky tap is a nuisance that could turn into a full-blown problem if not addressed properly.
Fortunately, putting a stop to a leaky tap can be surprisingly inexpensive and simple.
To fix a leaky tap, you’ll need some of the following tools to get the job done right:
- Adjustable wrench; C wrench
- Phillips and/or flat-head screwdriver
- Penetrating oil, such as WD-40 or CRC
- Replacement washers and O-rings
Remember: If the problem persists it may be best to contact your plumber.
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Below the tap you will find a packing nut. This is where your wrench comes into play and you can feel like a plumber! Loosen the packing nut and below you will find the stem, this sits on top of the O-ring and the seat washer. Remove the stem and inspect for damage or wear, depending on your type of tap it may simply pop out or may need to be twisted out.
If the stem is intact, The O-ring and seat washer are the often the cause of a leaking tap, so remove them and inspect both for damage or wear. If need be replace the washer or O-ring. Its crucial that they are an exact fit. Check any other rubber seals or components that seem to be damaged.