Dripping taps are something that should not be ignored. Not only that the sooner you tackle it, the easier will be to fix, but also the less water will be wasted (so better for the environment and for your pocket) and less damage will be done due to the leak.

Standard mixer taps

Ideally you could do with a spare washer. Nevertheless, should you not have a spare washer at hand, take a look inside the tap. Take a look inside the tap; if the washer is only slightly damaged on one face, you can reinsert it the other way up. We recommend you replace it as soon as practically possible with a new washer.


If the tap keeps on dripping after changing the washer, the cause may be the valve seating, which may be eroded. This can be repaired easiest with a washer and a seating set.

Keep in mind that, the sooner you replace a damaged washer, the less likely is that the valve seating gets damaged.


Monobloc taps

Often, these taps are controlled by levers and they have ceramic disks instead of traditional washers. The disks are generally hard wearing, however they do wear out in time. If the tap starts dripping, you will need a replacement cartridge from the tap manufacturer


Repair steps:


Step 1

Turn off your water supply.

Open the tap to drain water from the system.

Put the plug into the plug-hole, just in case you drop any small nuts or screws.

Unscrew the top plate (this has the hot/ cold emblem on it). You might be able to do this with your fingers - but if not, use pliers or an adjustable spanner.


Step 2

Not all taps are made in the same way, so you'll need to work out how the handle comes off.


Step 3

Unscrew the tap body cover. If you can't do this by hand, try using an adjustable spanner or pipe wrench - remember to protect the chrome with a cloth.


Step 4

Undo the headgear nut, using an adjustable spanner. If the nut is difficult to turn, don't force it or you'll risk twisting the base of the tap and putting a strain on the inlet pipe. Instead, pad around the base of the tap with cardboard and use a pipe wrench to grip it firmly as you apply the necessary force to the nut.


Step 5

Remove the headgear assembly by unscrewing the headgear nut. The washer sits in the jumper, and is either pressed in place (often over a small button) or retained by a nut.

If necessary, unscrew the nut that holds the washer in place with an adjustable spanner. Then prise out the old washer, using a screwdriver to dig it out if need be.


Step 6

Insert a new washer and push it into the jumper, then reassemble the tap in the same sequence.

It's a good idea to put a little silicone grease on the threads on the base of the headgear assembly before putting it back in the tap body.



We hope this will be of good use. However, should you need any help, please contact our office or our Emergency Call Out team who will be able to help with any plumbing needs – whether residential or commercial.


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