When your tap is leaky in a daily basis it can quickly become annoying. In fact, the sound of dripping water is used as a torture technique in some cultures!
But there is more to a dripping faucet than a potential torture technique. In fact, if your faucet drips just once per second you could use as much as 3,000 gallons of water per year; this can make it an expensive problem!
The obvious answer in these situations is to call in the professionals. They will be able to quickly identify a leak and repair it, potentially saving you a lot of money.
However, if you’re not prepared to wait for professional assistance or you’re hoping to save money and fix the issue yourself then this is the best way to do it:
Step 1 – Shut The Water Off
The first thing you need to do is turn off the water to your tap. Ideally the leaking faucet will have its own valve.
If there isn’t a valve for just the faucet, you’ll need to turn off the main water valve. You can turn the faucet on to make sure no water comes out.
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It is also a good idea to plug the drain on the sink; this will prevent you from losing any parts.
Step 2 –Removing The Handle
You now need to take the handle off your tap. On a lever style you should be able to lift it into the highest position and then you’ll see a screw. Use an Allen key to remove this and the handle will come off.
On a twist tap you’ll need to remove the center piece of the handle with a tiny screwdriver to locate and undo the screw.
Step 3 – Disassemble
The next step is to gently remove the dome assembly. Under this are several parts which are referred to as the bonnet, ball and the cam.
You’ll need needle nose pliers to gently remove the cam and ball. You should inspect these parts to ensure they are in good condition. If they’re not, then you should replace them while the faucet is apart.
Step 4 – The Washer
Underneath the ball is a washer, this is the cause of your leak. Every washer wears as it is used continuously. When you pry the washer upwards you’ll notice a spring, this is orientated in a specific way and you need to make a note of this. This will ensure it goes back in the right way.
The O-ring, (washer); will need to be replaced. Ideally you should buy the replacement set before you take the faucet apart.
Step 5 – Reassemble
The final step is to simply put everything back together. This means placing the ball and cam back then slotting the handle over the top. Make sure you tighten the screw up which holds the handle in place.
Finally turn the valve back on and verify that the tap has stopped dripping. You can then pat yourself on the back!
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