How To Change A Tap Washer

  • William Demirdonder
  • December 28, 2020
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Did you know that a leaking tap can waste up to 150 Litres of water per day? That’s a lot of water straight down the drain! Now, more than ever it’s so important to save our water (and some dollars off your next water bill).

A leaking tap is most often caused by the tap washer coming to the end of its life. You’ll be pleased to know that replacing a tap washer is one of the easiest DIY plumbing jobs and we’re here to help explain the process in 5 easy steps

How Do You Know When To Replace Your Tap Washer?

If you’re struggling to get the tap tight enough to stop a leak of water (even a little leak) it’s time to replace the washer.

What Is The Tap Washer?

It’s the small disc found inside the tap that seals the tap when you turn it off.

What will I need to replace the tap washer?

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Pliers
  3. Spanner
  4. Towel
  5. New washer
  6. 10 minutes

Got it? OK time to pull up your sleeves – save some water and replace your tap washer.


Step One: Turn Off The Water Supply

Find your main, turn off the water supply, and make sure the pipes are empty (you can do this by turning on the tap and flushing any water that’s sitting in the pipes out). If the washer you’re replacing is a hot water tap washer, turn off any water heater or boiler.

Step Two: Take Apart The Tap

To access the outdated tap washer, you need to get the pipe off. If the tap is round or inset, pop it off gently with a screwdriver. If you found a button on top of the handle – that might be to identify the hot and cold water.

Take the tap handle off by simply sliding or screwing it off to reveal the inner tap that lies beneath. Using a plier remove the metallic skirt or shroud on the tap. Next, use a spanner or shifter to unscrew the actual body of the tap to reveal the plastic or brass jumper valve.

Step Three: Replace The Tap Washer

Get your pliers out and remove the current tap washer. Replace with your new washer. Yes – it’s really that simple!

Step Four: Put The Tap Back Together

Use your spanner and tighten the tap bonnet on. Put the rest of the tap back together following the same steps when you took it apart.

Step Five: Turn The Water Back On

Once the new tap washer is all in place and the tap is replaced you can turn your water back on. Make sure to turn the tap on and off, checking the water is not leaking from the new washer.

Voila, you’ve done it, you’ve replaced your tap washer and earned yourself a nice pat on the back.

If DIY plumbing is not your cup of tea then our team at Proximity Plumbing specialize in bathroom, kitchen, and laundry maintenance. We successfully fix and replace leaking taps every day around the eastern suburbs.

So if you’d like a super-fast fix to any leaky tap, call us today on 0420 102 394 for a free quote. Plus we guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes.

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