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How to detect and fix dripping taps

Picture this scenario, you have finished dinner, you’ve done the dishes and have turned off the tap in your kitchen and are now ready to relax and enjoy rest of your evening.  You come back to the kitchen to find the tap dripping relentlessly and you feel powerless and unequipped to fix it.  Not only is the noise of the tap starting to drive you insane, but the excess water is starting to worry you.  It represents a waste of water which will inevitably lead to a spike in your water bill if left. While extreme drips, leaks or burst pipes in the home do require professional repair from a plumber, a relatively minor drip to your tap may be able to be fixed with some basic tools and DIY work.  Read on to learn more about how to detect and fix dripping taps. Some of the equipment you will need to start fixing your damaged tap include washers that are around 12 mm in diameter, an o-ring, jumper valve, wrench or spanner, screwdriver and a cloth. Before you begin the task of repairing the taps, you first need to ensure that the main water supply is turned off.  Turn on the tap in the mains to release any water left in the pipe.  Put a plug in the sink or basin to stop parts falling down the drain as you start your repairs. The first step is to remove the handle of the tap by undoing its screw using a spanner.  You should also remove any decorative parts of the handle knobs using a flat-head screwdriver. You should then use the spanner or wrench to unscrew the tap bonnet and completely remove the headgear to expose the large body washer, the o-ring and jumper valve which should just fall out. After that, if you feel that everything else in the tap is fairly intact, look into the o-ring and washer inside the valve seat to find out the root cause for the leakage or dripping.  You can then replace the washers, o-ring on the spindle and place the bonnet and spindle back on the tap, making sure that you are not overtightening any of the nuts around the tap.  Make sure you measure the o-rings and washer accurately before buying replacement ones that fit the parts correctly. You should then reassemble all the parts of your tap in the correct order of washer / o-ring, stem, packing nut, screw and handle.  You then need to slowly and gently turn the knob to test if the tap is running and the leak has been fixed and sealed properly. Is the drip beyond your expertise or your just not willing to risk DIY repairs? Contact the fast, reliable, affordable and professional staff at AMS Plumbing on http://plumber-brisbane.com.au/ to obtain a quote today! We service all of Brisbane.