How To Fix A Leaky Bathroom Tap

How To Fix A Leaky Bathroom Tap

If you’re keen to DIY, here are some easy steps to follow for how to fix a leaky bathroom tap.

A leaky bathroom tap is one of the most annoying bathroom problems you can have. It seems so minor but the constant drip, drip, drip can drive you crazy.

Depending on the cause of the leak, it can be a simple thing to fix.


Step 1 – Find The Cause

The first thing you need to do is determine where the leak is coming from. Look at all parts of your taps.

Is the leak coming from the tap opening itself, or is it coming from the base of the tap or the handles?

If the leak is coming from the tap opening, follow these steps.

If it’s coming from somewhere else, it may be wise to call your local residential plumber in Perth.


Step 2 – Turn Off The Water

Before you do anything else, turn the water off. You should have a mains water supply tap on your property, it’s usually in the ground towards the front of your property if you’re in a house. Apartments and strata houses may have them located somewhere else.

The last thing you want is a flood in your home!

Then turn on the tap you want to fix and let it run out until there is no water left.


Step 3 – Dismantle The Tap

Unscrew the tap, remove the tap handle and remove the cover plate. Check if there is water on the spindle – if so, the O ring may be leaking.

Remove the taps, the spindle, and the body washer. Clean the tap seat and the other parts of the tap.


Step 4 – Replace The Washer

The most common cause of a leaky bathroom tap is worn washers. These are made of rubber and help to seal the tap when it’s turned on and off. Check the size of the washer and make sure you have the correct size washer to replace it. You can pick these up at Bunnings or other DIY stores.

If there are visible signs of wear to the washer, remove it carefully, and clean the tap. Insert the new washer and then replace the tap and cover.


Step 5 – Switch The Water Back On

Make sure the tap is off before you switch the mains water back on and then test the tap. If it’s no longer leaking, problem solved!

If the tap is still leaking, it’s time to call a reliable plumber in Perth to help you diagnose and fix your leaky bathroom tap.


Our reliable plumbers in Duncraig cover everywhere, from Joondalup to Rockingham.

If you’ve got leaky bathroom taps, blocked drains, or any other residential plumbing problem, give us a call today on 0451 781 384 or get in touch online for a free quote.

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