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How to Fix a Leaking Tap – Our Expert Guide

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Dealing with a leaky tap at home or work? It’s one of those little annoyances that affect most homes eventually. That constant drip-drip-drip can make even the calmest person start questioning their sanity, not to mention the water bill that seems to skyrocket every time there’s a leak. But we are here to help with this expert guide on how to fix a leaking tap, written by expert plumber Justin Vergunst who has 35 years giving advice to his customers on how to fix a leaking tap.

But don’t worry, fixing a basic leaking tap isn’t rocket science is the root cause is basic. However, it can get a tad messy if you’re not careful. Before we dive into our DIY 101 guide, let’s remember that while DIY plumbing can be empowering, sometimes it really is wiser to leave it to the plumbing pros. If you’re feeling a bit unsure, don’t hesitate to call us here at J&G Plumbing Solutions, as we have been fixing leaking taps for 35 years and a lot of those jobs are fixing peoples DIY failures.

Now, let’s unravel the mystery of why your tap is leaking in the first place.

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Leaking tap in the kitchen are usually a cheap and easy fix

What Causes a Leaking Tap:

Need to learn how to fix a leaking tap? A leaking tap could be caused by all sorts of things:

  • Wrong-sized tap washer
  • Worn-out or busted washer
  • Jumper valve on its last legs
  • Damaged or corroded valve seating
  • Previous DIY gone wrong
  • Loose or worn-out O-ring

Knowing what’s causing the leak is half the battle. Most taps have either ceramic or rubber parts to stop the water flow when the tap’s turned off. Quick tip: If your tap only turns about a quarter to halfway when you shut it off, it’s probably got a ceramic disc sealant. If it spins further than that, it’s likely rocking a rubber washer.

Types of Tap Leaks:

  1. O-Ring Leak: Water dribbles out from the tap body or spindle when you turn the tap on, or it sneaks out from under the cover plate.
  2. Washer Leak: The tap keeps dripping, even when it’s supposed to be off.

Need to learn how to fix a leaking tap? The most common culprit for a leaky tap is usually a busted washer. But don’t worry, we’ll walk you through fixing it step by step. And remember, if you’ve got doubts or suspect there’s more to the problem, it’s better to play it safe and call a plumber.

J&G Plumbing Solutions with a wrench fixing a leaking bathroom tap
Leaking taps in the bathroom – super common in most households.

12 Steps to Fixing a Leaking Tap:

Ready to tackle the job and hand and learn how to fix a leaking tap? Here’s how to get it done:

Step 1: Plug Make sure your sink or basin is plugged up tight to avoid dropping anything down the drain. Trust us, fishing out dropped tools is no fun.

Step 2: Tap Button Pop off the tap button – you know, the one that says ‘hot’ or ‘cold.’ A screwdriver might come in handy for this part.

Step 3: Handle Take off the tap handle to reveal the tap’s guts. You might need a wrench or spanner for this bit.

Step 4: Tap Skirt If your tap’s got a skirt or shroud, unscrew it with a wrench or pliers. Wrap some tape and cloth around it first to avoid scratches.

Step 5: Tap Bonnet Use a spanner to unscrew the tap bonnet and get to the washer and jumper valve. Keep the bonnet safe for later.

Step 6: Washer & Jumper Valve Find the washer and jumper valve inside the tap. Tweezers or needle-nose pliers will help you get them out if they’re being stubborn.

Step 7: Washer Replacement Take the old washer and jumper valves to the hardware store for replacements. Home washers usually come in around 12mm, but you might need a bigger one for some taps.

Step 8: Washer Put the new washer and jumper valve back in the tap.

Step 9: Tap Reinstatement Put the tap back together, making sure everything’s in the right place. Tighten the tap bonnet with a wrench or spanner, but hold off on the silicone sealant for now – we’ll save that for later.

Step 10: Main Water Supply Turn off the tap completely and switch the main water supply back on. Just be gentle when you’re turning that tap.

Step 11: Test Turn on the tap and see if the leak’s stopped. If it has, congrats! You’re almost there. Now, dab a bit of silicone sealant on the base of the skirt and handle to seal the deal. Just be careful – silicone can get messy if you’re not careful.

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DIY a leaking tap is possible, but its not always as simple as it looks

When to Call A Profession Plumber for a Leaking Tap:

If you’ve followed these steps and your tap’s still leaking, it might be time to call in the experts. Even though you may have followed this guide on how to fix a leaking tap, things don’t always go to plan in plumbing, especially with emergency plumbing. Don’t sweat it, though – just give us a shout, and we’ll sort it out in no time. I

Got questions or need a hand with your leaky tap? Give us a call at J&G Plumbing Solutions on 0413607881 or Book Online. We’re here to help with all your plumbing needs, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Why Choose J&G Plumbing Solutions?

At J&G Plumbing Solutions, your plumbing emergencies take top priority, no matter the hour. With our team of highly skilled plumbers and fully equipped vehicles, we’re ready to tackle any task, whether it’s a minor issue or a major crisis, swiftly and efficiently.

Who to Contact in a Plumbing Emergency?

For emergency plumbing assistance in Melbourne, look no further than J&G Plumbing Solutions. Our team of top-notch plumbers comes highly recommended and serves the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Get in touch with us promptly for a swift response or a competitive quote. In cases where the emergency poses an immediate threat or involves injuries, please contact 000 for emergency services.

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