Changing a Garden Tap/Faucet Washer



A leaky tap in your home can cost you money in water bills; a leaky outdoor tap can not only cost you money, it can cause damage to your garden and grass in addition to your home itself. Fortunately, leaky taps of any kind are usually caused by a worn-out washer. Replacing a worn-out washer is a simple process that takes very little time and only a few common tools.


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Locate the main water valve.
Turn off the water to your house.
Remove the top section of the tap, known as the spindle, using an adjustable wrench. Hold the tap base firmly so that the tap does not twist on the water supply pipe.
Remove the nut holding the washer on the spindle.
Replace the washer with a new one.
Re-attach the spindle to the tap base, tighten with an adjustable wrench. Hold tap firmly once again as the tap must not twist on the waster supply line. Medium tighten by hand, do not over tighten or force.
Turn off the tap.
Turn on the mains water supply.
Run the tap.
Check for leaks
Close the tap