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There are several advantages to repairing a broken faucet. To begin with, it saves litres of water per year. It also decreases the chances of your sink corroding or developing unsightly water stains. Finally, it signifies the removal of the unpleasant drip sound. While replacing a broken tap isn't for everyone, there are several home tricks you may do to minimise the damage. These steps will provide a detailed guide towards fixing a broken tap.

Step 1: Switch off the water source and also block the basin pathway

Switch off the water source to the tap to avoid waste of water. Also, to guarantee that no pieces are lost down the drain during the repair, place a stopper in the basin or sink.

Step 2: Removal of the Tap Button

If your tap has a tap button (typically labelled 'hot' or 'cold,' remove it from the top of the tap. This step may need the use of a screwdriver.

Step 3: Removal of the Tap Handle

To reveal the interior of the tap, you may need to detach the handle, depending on the tap. This normally entails unscrewing the handle, which may cause the use of a spanner or shifting wrench.

Step 4: Remove the Tap Skirt

You'll also need to remove the skirt or shroud on your tap, which is normally composed of metal. Because certain sealants make this procedure difficult, use pliers or a tool to unscrew.

Step 5: Remove the Tap Bonnet

The tap's body must now be removed in order to have access to the washer and jumper valve. You'll probably need a spanner to unscrew the body, which you should set aside (and don't lose!) until you're ready to reassemble the tap.

Step 6: Remove the washer and the jumper valve.

The washer and jumper valve should be visible once the bonnet has been removed. However, the jumper valve may fall off with the tap body occasionally; this isn't a problem as long as you know where it is. If you can't reach the washer and jumper valve without equipment, pluck them out with tweezers or needle-nose pliers.

Step 7: Look for a suitable washer to replace your old one.

Take your damaged washer and jumper valves to your hardware shop to get replacements. In most cases, tap washers are 12mm in diameter, however, they can be 15mm or even bigger in rare cases.

Step 8: Replace the washer 

Return the washer and jumper valve to the tap.

Step 9: Assemble the Tap 

Replace the tap bonnet and tighten with a spanner or wrench after the washer and jumper valve is in place. However, don't put any silicone on the bottom of the skirt until the tap is secure.

Step 10: Switch on the water source

Now is the moment to totally turn off the tap but not too tightly and switch on the water supply.

Step 11: Check if it fixed the tap

Now check the tap to see if it is fixed.


If after completing these steps, the broken tap is not fixed then a tap removal is necessary.

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