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How to Fix a Leaking Tap: Step-by-Step Guide

Fixing a leaking tap is a common household task that can save you money on your water bill and prevent water waste. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you fix a leaking tap:

Materials needed:

  • Adjustable wrench or spanner
  • Screwdriver (flat or Phillips head, depending on the tap)
  • Replacement washers and O-rings
  • Penetrating oil (optional)
  • Plumbers tape


  1. Turn off the water supply to the tap: The water supply can usually be turned off using a valve located underneath the sink or by turning off the main water supply.
  2. Remove the tap handle: Use a screwdriver to remove the screw that holds the tap handle in place. Once the screw is removed, gently pull off the handle.
  3. Remove the tap headgear: Using an adjustable wrench or spanner, unscrew the headgear from the tap body. If the headgear is difficult to remove, you can try using some penetrating oil to help loosen it.
  4. Remove the washer and O-ring: Once the headgear is removed, you should see a washer and O-ring. Use a screwdriver to gently pry them out of the tap body.
  5. Replace the washer and O-ring: Take the old washer and O-ring to a hardware store to find a replacement that matches in size and shape. Alternatively, you can purchase a tap repair kit that includes all the necessary replacement parts.
  6. Apply plumber's tape: Wrap some plumber's tape around the threads of the headgear before reattaching it to the tap body. This will help prevent any leaks.
  7. Reassemble the tap: Reattach the washer, O-ring, headgear, tap handle, and screw. Turn on the water supply and test the tap to make sure it no longer leaks.

That's it! Following these steps should help you fix a leaking tap. If the leak persists, it may be a sign of a more serious problem, and you may need to contact a professional plumber for further assistance.

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