How to Change Tap Washers

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Tap washer replacement is one of the simplest and most cost-effective forms of do-it-yourself tasks possible. For the price of a package of assorted washers, a couple of bucks and a few minutes of your time, you can save on the cost of a plumber’s call, which can run a hundred bucks easily. Plus, you are helping the environment by reducing leaks, and if the tap is in your en-suite bathroom, maybe even getting a better night's sleep.

Things You'll Need

  • Plumbers wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Washer kit
  • Turn off the water supply at the mains. Look around for the main water turn-off--it may be outside.

  • Open the tap you are going to work on and allow any residual water to drain.

  • Flip out any plastic cover on the tap handle. Use a screwdriver or knife to pry it off. Unscrew any screws you see.

  • Remove the head. Wrench it off. You need to be careful here and maybe add some padding if the head is chrome, as the wrench might damage the chrome.

  • Look for the washer and remove it or the broken pieces.

  • Replace the washer. Match it up from your kit.

  • Replace the head and any screws or plastic covers. Close the tap.

  • Turn the water back on at the main inlet.

  • Go back the work site and open the tap. Allow the water to flow for a bit.

  • Close the tap and inspect for leaks.

  • Repeat changing the washer slightly if you get any drips.

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