How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?

20 Answers

Answered by LCP Plumbing Ltd

23rd June 2019

LCP Plumbing Ltd answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

First of all we need to determine the type of tap, whether it’s a full turn or quarter turn type. Full turn will require a washer change, the water can be isolated the gland taken out and the inside of the tap inspected. If there are any scores on the surface then they can be repaired by recutting the surface with a tap re-seater tool and then the washer replaced A quarter turn will require a replacement cartridge ( the whole mechanism) LCP plumbing used to carry many different types and sizes to cover most tap types, but often of course there would be one that we didn’t have that we would have to order. Now however we just carry the tap medic tool kit which allows us to repair the cartridge on site. The water supply is restored and checked

Answered by Lee Key Plumbers

13th June 2019

Lee Key Plumbers answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

There are different types of tap, however all taps should have a means of isolating the individual hot and cold supply to the tap. The isolators commonly look like a chrome fitting with a nut either end of it. They have what looks like a slotted screwdriver head on it. This is simply turned through 90 degrees to isolate the water supply. This is convenient to stop that annoying dripping noise and to prevent water wastage whilst waiting to get the tap completed. To confirm the tap is isolated open the tap to check that no water is being delivered. If water is still running turn the isolation valve until the water stops. This will now allow for the tap valve to be removed and replaced or serviced as necessary. As you have been reading this it would be a good time to check if your taps have isolation valves and also the location of you main stop cock, usually located under the kitchen sink.

Answered by D.A Gas, Heating & Plumbing

4th June 2019

D.A Gas, Heating & Plumbing answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

First of all you need to be able tot urn the water off and ensure the water flow has stopped. Then take the tap apart, some are easier than others. Once you have removed the tap body you'll need to determine the type. If its a 1/4 turn ceramic cartridge you'll need to visit your local plumbers merchants and get a match. If its a traditional style with a washer, you'll be able to remove and replace the washer with the same size. Put the tap back together and turn the water back on and test.

Answered by Your LOCAL Plumber

1st June 2019

Your LOCAL Plumber answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

The type of tap you have would depend on the type of repair required. In all cases the supply of water must be isolated and then select which type of tap you have. Primarily there are 3 types to choose from. First , would be a standard washer based tap. Secondly, a quarter turn ceramic affair. Finally, a cartridge based mixer unit. There can be many different styles

Answered by BoilerOne

29th May 2019

BoilerOne answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

To fix or repair a leaking tap firstly water should be isolated and drained. Then depending on the type of tap cartridge will determine the repair method either the cartridge as a whole or a washer to fix the problem. BoilerOne recommend you consult a verified plumber to diagnose the problem

Answered by Mark best plumbing and heating

14th May 2019

Mark best plumbing and heating answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

Well it all depends on what style tap you have that’s is dripping or leaking. If it the old style tap where you have keep turning the head to shut the water off. It will be the washer that is letting by and you can just the washer, if it the new type taps 1/4 turn or sometimes lever taps you will have to find the right cartridge for the tap and replaced it to stop it dripping

Answered by Greenwich Plumbing Company

8th May 2019

Greenwich Plumbing Company answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

These days the method of fixing a dripping tap depends on the type of tap you have. If it’s a traditional screw down to shut tap the washer can be changed or the tap body reseated to stop the drip, or if it’s a modern quarter turn style tap the ceramic tap gland can be changed, also it could be a mixer tap with a cartridge that can also be replaced. So for a plumber this means carrying a variety of spares to suit any style of tap.

Answered by J. Wheatley Gas, Plumbing & Heating Limited

3rd May 2019

J. Wheatley Gas, Plumbing & Heating Limited answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

All different taps are fixed in all different ways and it totally depends on which tap you have. Here at J.Wheatley Gas, Plumbing and Heating Ltd. all our plumbers carry multiple materials, spare parts and new taps on their vans so we are ready for every possibility whilst at your property.

Answered by D.H plumbing

29th April 2019

D.H plumbing answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

All different taps are fixed in different ways a standard tap would have a washer that could be replaced or the body re seated. A newer style tap could have ceramic quarter turn cartridges they could be swapped over with new ones. There’s al mono mixers that have a combined cartridge that would need replacing.

Answered by Apex Property Services

27th April 2019

Apex Property Services answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

Fixing a dripping/leaking tap all depends of the type of tap. Either a new washer or a new ceramic tap gland. Deburring the seating on tap body is also another idea so the washer can seat down properly to prevent and drips. Ceramic taps come in all different sizes but reviver kits can get over this different sizes

Answered by Jc Heating & Electrical ltd

24th April 2019

Jc Heating & Electrical ltd answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

You need to isolate the water supply usually from iso valves close to the taps to be repaired or you will have to turn off the stop cock to isolate usually on older systems & it can repaired as a seal to be replaced or the whole tap that may be defective & needs to be replaced completely.

Answered by BPH - Blakemore Plumbing And Heating

25th March 2019

BPH - Blakemore Plumbing And Heating answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

All depends on the type of tap you have. There are two different types. Some have washer some have cartridges. The quarter turn taps are the cartridge type. More often that not on the pillar type taps it’s just the washer that will need repairing. In the rare case you would need to use some tap restorers. On the cartridge type, if dripping usually it’s usually the disc in the cartridge that is passing water. These are repairable and will need a new cartridge. Some times universal cartridges will do the job but these don’t generally fit. Most people will say a new tap but we use Tap Medic and this lets us create a specific cartridge for a specific tap from the kit, saving on waste and the need to renew the tap. Firstly you will need to isolate the water. Remove the head of the tap(S) to get to the body. With a pair of adjusters or pump pliers remove the cartridge or tap. This will enable you to then fit a new washer or fit a new cartridge. Reassemble in reverse order.

Answered by Cliff Plumbing & Heating Limited

15th March 2019

Cliff Plumbing & Heating Limited answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

A dripping tap can usually be repaired by fitting a new washer or cartridge, depending on the style of tap. First turn off the water supply to the tap, then you will need to open the tap to relieve the pressure. Then remove the tap head and shroud to gain access to tap body. Use a spanner to remove the tap body, but be careful not to loosen the tap as you do this (hold the tap spout) Then you can fit a new tap washer or cartridge and replace in reverse order.

Answered by J W Plumbing and Building services LTD

9th March 2019

J W Plumbing and Building services LTD answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

Isolate water supply, Relieve pressure , Remove spindle / cartridge with correct tools, Replace with size specific washer, Replace spindle or cartridge with correct tools and specialist lubricants..... Re instate water supply and test. All taps vary in ways to isolate, strip down and washers required. We can help further upon inspection of taps / faucets and advise accordingly

Answered by Alltime Plumbing & Heating

28th February 2019

Alltime Plumbing & Heating answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

you need to isolate the water supply to the tap then remove the handle and head of the tap. you can replace the washer or get a new cartridge depending whether its a cermaic disc or not this is quite an easy job if you know how but I would always recommend getting a qualified plumber to do the job

Answered by MJS Plumbing, Heating and Maintenance

15th February 2019

MJS Plumbing, Heating and Maintenance answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

Isolate tap from the mains, remove the tap handle and then the valve. Depending on whether you have a full turn tap or a 1/4 turn tap the repairs are different. On a full turn it will be the rubber washer that has worn, simply remove the old and replace with one the same size. If a 1/4 turn tap the ceramic cartridge will need replacing, it is easier to do this if you know the tap manufacturer. As there are numerous versions of a cartridge, it is sometimes easier to just replace the tap.

Answered by A Royal Flush Plumbing

12th February 2019

A Royal Flush Plumbing answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

Leaking or dripping taps can usually be fixed with a new washer or ceramic cartridge, make sure you take one with you that you have removed from the taps after isolating the water supply to ensure you get the correct one, there are different types and sizes which are not always noticeable at first. These are readily available from any plumbers merchant or DIY store. If a monobloc tap then a new cartridge will be needed that is usually ordered from the merchants. In certain cases the tap heads will need to be re-seated to stop the leak. in this case it is best to call in a plumber who can do this for you or can easily change the taps which sometimes is the least expensive of the solutions. once you have changed the tap heads/washer then turn the water on a little bit to check for leaks below the tap as movement is a common occurance when changing tap heads which can loosen fittings underneath.

Answered by PipeDream Plumbing

11th February 2019

PipeDream Plumbing answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

Dripping taps can normally be fixed with a simple washer or insert change. You can buy universal parts in any DIY shop or plumbers merchant. If it's a branded taps, you may need to find specific parts as universal ones will not work. It can sometimes be cheaper to replace the tap rather than repair.

Answered by JSM Plumbing and Heating services

10th February 2019

JSM Plumbing and Heating services answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

Taps are often a simple repair however there are many different sized cartridges and inserts so Ideally tap/manufacturer identification is needed before you start obviously this isn’t always possible so it’s recommended to have a few spares available. Start by isolating the supply and removing the tap head to gain access to the cartridge to remove it so you can either replace the washer/disc or change the whole cartridge if necessary, be sure to inspect the internal tap body for damage and debris as it may need re-seating, re fit in reverse order and check for leaks on the tap connections under the tap as they can become loose while working on the faulty tap.

Answered by A.D. Energy

9th February 2019

A.D. Energy answered the question "How to fix a leaking / dripping tap?"

Depending on what type of tap you have you may need to replace the washer, cartridge or replace the tap. Quarter turn taps require a cartridge, other taps a washer. Always isolate the water first and remove any pressure/water from the pipework. Remove tap heads gently and replace what needs to be replaced. You can usually find out which cartridges are needed by having the Manufacturer of the tap and contacting them. Washers will need to be sized correctly.

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