By finding out how to identify and repair the most common causes of dripping or leaking taps, you’ll save water and extend the life of your taps. This video will help you get to the source of the problem and solve it. It provides instructions on how to mend both ceramic-valve and pressure-valve taps by removing and replacing washers, or o-rings found in the valves and spout. You’ll see how to access these internal parts, and how the tap is put back together again.

Preparation & Planning

When working on taps, always make sure you know how to turn off the water supply. You should also find out what’s causing the problem before taking the taps apart. If water is leaking from the spout, the washers probably need replacing. If water is leaking from beneath the handle, you will probably need to replace the o-rings.


Limescale can build up in taps and reduce their life span. Using a descaler frequently can keep your taps and pipe work problem-free for longer.

Hints & tips

When disassembling your tap unit, it's always a good idea to keep any small parts in a bowl so they don't get lost before you reassemble it!


Always make sure the water supply to your tap is isolated before attempting to remove or disassemble your tap unit. If you still experience problems after following our 'how to fit a kitchen tap' video, seek professional advice.

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