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If you are in any doubt about the technique for repairing a tap, it is best to seek professional help.
To fix a leaking tap, first, you must safely turn off the water supply to that tap. This is easiest when isolation valves are situated close to the tap, on its supply pipes. With the valve design shown in this guide, if the slot of the screw is aligned with the pipe, thenthe valve is on. A quarter turn of the screw, so that the slot is running across the pipe, will turn the valve off.
You can normally identify whether a tap uses rubber washers or ceramic discs by turning the tap handle. If it can only rotate a quarter or half a turn, it will normally be a ceramic disc type tap. If it rotates more than this, it will generally be a rubber washer type.
Some single-lever operated mixer taps have a ceramic cartridge that is often very specific to a particular manufacturer.
Replacements may need to be specially ordered.
With ceramic disc taps, you replace the whole valve. With rubber washer taps, you only need to replace the small washer.
Worn O-rings are a common cause of leakage on kitchen taps, but you may also find O-rings on the valve body in some taps. If you fix a washer and the tap is still leaking, check for other O-rings and seals on the valve body to see if they are worn.
Protect rubber washers by taking care when turning taps off and on. Most become worn and need replacing because the tap has been overtightened when turning it off. A tap with a compression valve and rubber washers will always drip once or twice when you turn it off – it is not necessary to tighten and tighten again to avoid this. Allow these residual drips without feeling the need to tighten the tap more.
This video shows you how to fit a new kitchen tap. For the purposes of this demonstration, a mixer tap is used but there’s also advice on how to fit separate hot and cold taps. All aspects of the process are covered - from turning off the water supply and removing the old tap to reconnecting the water pipes and ensuring your new tap is water-tight. To make things as clear as possible, different elements of the tap unit are named and explained. You’ll find out what tools to use and when alternatives might be necessary.
When deciding which taps to buy, take into consideration your sink unit. To accommodate mixer taps, your sink unit only needs one tap hole. For separate hot and cold taps, it needs to have two holes. Also make sure you know how to turn the sink’s hot and cold water supply off and on again.
After fitting your new tap, make sure you keep the manufacturer's instructions. This will mean that if you do experience problems or leaks in the future, you will be able to locate and solve the problem much quicker.
It would be good to have someone help you install the tap as small parts can be fiddily, plus you need to be aware of the spout on top of the sink and the workings below.
If replacing an old tap, make sure you turn off the water to the area before attempting to remove the old tap. Also, avoid lying directly underneath the sink whilst removing the old sink, as small parts may fall down during the process.