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How to fix a dripping tap
A dripping tap isn't just a problem for perfectionists; it's also a waste of water. And if you're metered, that means it's a waste of money, too. Luckily, there's an easy fix. These simple steps will take you through everything you need to do to learn how to change a tap washer.
1. Check if it's an old-fashioned tap...The type of tap you have should tell you which type of washer you'll need to replace. If your tap looks like this one, it's the old-fashioned type of tap.
2. ...Or a modern oneIf your tap looks more like this, it's probably one of the modern ones.
3. Modern taps have ceramic washersTest the flow of water from your tap by turning it on. If the water comes out at full power after just a half or quarter-turn of the handle, it's probably a modern tap with ceramic washers.
4. Old-fashioned taps have rubber washersBut if you have to go through a full turn before the water comes out at full power, it's probably a traditional tap with rubber washers.
5. Rubber washers are easier to replaceIf you've got a tap with ceramic washers, it can be difficult to find the right replacement, and you should probably get an expert in to take a look. But if your tap has rubber washers, you can find replacements at most good DIY stores, and we can show you exactly how to change the tap washer.
6. Get your tools ready
To replace a rubber tap washer, you'll need:
- some protective gloves and glasses
- a screwdriver
- a spanner or adjustable wrench
- washers that are the right size for your tap