How To Stop a Dripping Tap

Given that this is one of the most common DIY plumbing repair jobs in the home, it’s handy to learn how to fix a leaking tap. There are many reasons you should prioritise leaking tap repair: it helps conserve water, saves you money, reduces frustrating noises in the home, minimises the chance of a larger plumbing problem arising, and is healthier for residents by preventing a build-up of mould or mildew.

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How To Fix a Leaking Tap Video

The most common cause of a leaking tap is a worn tap valve, a damaged or worn tap seat, or a combination of the two.

Watching a video is the easiest way to learn how to fix a tap. This helpful tutorial takes just over 2-minutes, meaning you’ll have this problem sorted in no time at all! If you prefer to fix a leaking tap with written instructions, we’ve also summarised the video below:

  1. Source the leak.
  2. Isolate the water flow (typically by turning it off at the water metre).
  3. With the flow isolated, you can now turn on your taps.
  4. Disassemble the taps by removing the handle, flange and spindle.
  5. You may need a tube spinner or adjustable tap spinner to then remove the spindle from the basin.
  6. Remove the tap valve (be sure to inspect the tap seat for any signs of ageing or damage, as you may need to replace this as well. It should be smooth to touch and free of any build-up), insert the replacement and reverse engineer all previous steps.

Fix a Leaking Tap With Australia’s Most Popular Tap Valve

FIX-A-TAP Soft Turn Tap Valve is the most popular tap valve in the country. With superior performance and a ten-year guarantee, it’s no surprise it’s the go-to replacement part to stop a dripping tap.


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