Replacing a tap washer

Job description:

Over time, the taps tend to drip. Generally, this problem comes from a deterioration of a rubber valve ensuring the closure of the tap. The solution in this case is simple: just change the washer.

Skill level: 1 – Beginner

Materials required:

  • Grease for taps
  • New washer
  • Wrench or flat keys
  • A drill
  • A screwdriver
  • a flat screwdriver

Step by step guide to replacing a tap washer:

1. Before starting cut off the general water supply and check that there is no more pressure by turning the tap on. Then check that all your tools are at hand and that the drain of your sink is closed to avoid losing the screws.

2. First unclip the pads in coloured plastic noting their position. You will thus release access to the screw which attach the plastic part to the head.

3.Insert a screwdriver that fits in the hole , unscrew and remove the plastic part of the head.

4. Disassemble the brass body with a wrench.

5. To dismantle the parts of the head of the tap, remove the retaining nut.

6. Clean the parts and remove limestone deposits . Then check the different seals and replace them if they show signs of wear.

7. Then grease the parts around the rings, washers and screw thread.

8. Reassemble the parts of the head. Then place the head in the closed position: this will prevent the deterioration of the washer when reassembling.

9. Reassemble the tap head and tighten it gently using the wrench. Open the water supply and test your tap.You can reassemble the plastic parts if all is well.

If you are unsure, you might want to contact a local plumber.

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.