How to Reseat a Leaking Tap

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how to reseat a leaking tap

How to Reseat a Leaking Tap

How to reseat a leaking tap is easy. Well it is If you have tap reseating tool the right tools of the trade and know what to look for then its easy. I can say that as its part of my trade as a plumber. I get a lot of phone calls from customers asking for me to come and repair there leaking tap. When i ask what has happen 8 out of 10 say that they have installed new tap washers to the tap but its still leaking. Think it needs reseating they say. I go around to check it out and yep it sure does. Reseating taps with a tap reseating tool is a common maintenance repair to leaking taps so let me tell you how easy it is.


Reseating A Tap! You Can Do It.

When our tap starts to leak its often from a faulty or worn out tap washer. Tap washers are a normal wear and tear item that needs replacing over time and can be a straight forward job. Remove old tap washer put the new tap washer into position after servicing the spindle and go turn the water on. You turn the tap on then off to test and what happens drip drip drip. Its the same as it was before you started. You cant believe it. You have wasted all that time and effort to no prevail.


What To Look For When Reseating A Tap

When a tap washer stops sealing on the seat it allows water to bypass under the washer causing the tap to drip. Because water is under pressure the drip will always get worse over time and will go from a drip to a leak if not attended to quickly. The pressure of the water pushing past the tap washer acts like a knife and starts cutting into the seat. If you are reseating a tap and the tap seat is very bad after a few times then it may need replacing. Just be careful here as if you blow through the back of the seat with your tap reseating tool there is no turning back. The seat where the tap washer sits on inside the breach spindle housing needs to be smooth so when we use the reseater it cuts a new face onto the seat making a nice smooth surface for the washer to seal on.


Types of tap reseater tools

When you are looking at reseating a tap there are few different tap reseating tool on the market. I use the style that goes into my drill. Its quick cutting and less effort but be careful when using this style of tap reseating tool as when doing a reseat you just want to take the bare minimum off. Care must be taken when doing a tap reseat that you don’t take to much off the face. A tap breach only has so much of a brass seat for the washer to sit on. Take to much off the seat or if the seat has been done to many times the whole tap set may need replacing.


Once you have finished reseating taps install the tapware back into location and softly turn the taps off. You don’t want to turn the taps off hard just yet as you would have noticed there is a lot of brass files where the spindle goes. We need to remove all these files but because the water is off and can’t turn it on until the spindles are replaced so install them now. Turn the water on and go open the taps fully that you just reseated. Wash all the brass filings out by opening and closing the tap a few times until you don’t see anymore pieces of files coming out of the outlet. Once this is completed you have finished reseating a tap.

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How To Fix A Dripping Tap

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How To Fix A Dripping Tap-The Ezy Way.

How To Fix A Dripping Tap

A lot of the time when home owners are looking at repairing there own things can cost more in the long run. With so many reality shows on TV showing how easy it is to pull down that wall or build that dream kitchen. Some times things are not that simple but today i am going to show you how simple it is to fix a leaking tap. Fixing a leaking tap is simple task and below will explain how easy it is.

Tools You Will Need To Fix A Leaking Tap

Leaking taps and faucets can vary from job to job but the principle is still the same. You will need at the minimum tools required, an adjustable spanner and pointy nose pliers or small pliers.

Also you will need some tap washers,( jumper or tap valves). Standard orings to suit tap spindles and body washers. Now depending how many leaking taps you have to fix or are going to service will determine how many of each.  Rule of thumb is every leaking tap to fix equals one tap washer and body washer per leakin tap. Some spindles have two orings so for the cost of them just allow two for each tap you are going to service. A tube of tap water proofing lubricant for the thread on the tap spindle and that’s about it.

Water supply

When i have friends ringing me up asking me about fixing a dripping tap the first thing i always tell them is make sure the water is turned off. For a joke i say if you are ringing me up asking how to fix a dripping tap i say think back you should just stick to being an accounting and leave the plumbing up to me. Its a simple thing but a lot of people forget to turn the water off to the house before starting. It maybe a simple thing to do but is also the easiest thing to forget to do too. Once the water is turned off open up a tap and let the water that’s in the tap line to drain out. As you do this watch and see if the isolation valve has fully shut off the water to the house. If you are satisfied that water is fully shut off then grab your tools and lets get to fixing these leaking taps.

Spindle services for leaking taps and faucets

How do i fix a leaking tap process works on all leaking tap or faucet spindle. This is the process how to fix a dripping tap and works every time. Turn both hot and cold water taps on and let the water drain out (always have taps open before removing them) as this creates less stress on the spindle when you try to loosen the spindle body.

Grab your adjustable spanner and remove the leaking tap button and take the handle off the spindle. Once that is off remove the flange and by removing the flange you will gain access to the spindle body. The flange should just undo with hand or you may need multigrips or as such if its more than hand tight. Remove the leaking tap spindle from the breach housing and set aside. This is where the pliers maybe need if the tap washer didn’t come out with the spindle. If not then grab hold of the washer and pull it out, making sure you remove all of the old washer. When you are happy move on to the next step.

Separate the spindle from the spindle body by holding the spindle body in one hand and turning the spindle clock wise. When you have removed the spindle remove the black oring(s), using a rag give the spindle a clean and dry it off. Slide on a new oring and and using the waterproof lubricant apply lube to the thread, over the oring and spindle head. Slide the spindle back into the body, screwing the spindle all the way open and checking for a smooth operation.

Place a tap washer onto the head of the the spindle and replace back to its location. Tighten up spindle body to the breach and close tap off. If you follow this simple and easy process to all taps they will all be working like new again. Once all taps are complete turn the water and test make sure that all leaking taps are fixed and that is how to fix a dripping tap.








How To Check For A Leaky Toilet

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how to check for a leaky toilet

How To Check For A Leaky toilet

With the price of water on the rise knowing how to check for a leaky toilet can save you lots of money and save lot of our precious water. A leaking toilet can waste 10’s to 100’s of liters of water a day. A toilet wasting 5 liters of water a day, 7 days a week 52 weeks of the year. That works out to be over 1800 liters of water a year wasted. If you are lucky and have 2 toilets in the house then that could be double the waste. That’s like throwing money down the drain. With every liter of water wasting down the toilet its costing you money. Below we have put together a easy step through on how I test to see if a toilet is leaking and what to look and listen for.

Checking For A Leaking Toilet

Have you ever walked into a bathroom or toilet and heard a hissing sound? Walked past the toilet and heard it filling up but know no one had used it? Well that is a leaking toilet and you are in luck as I’m going to explain how and what to look for.
 Now there is a couple ways a leaking toilet cistern can leak. Through the over flow pipe or outlet valve seating washer or both. Now if the water float valve or inlet valve as some call it, is adjusted to high that will cause the tank to over flow.
If the inlet valve rubbers are worn and not isolating the water at the set level this could cause the tank to over flow.
In the center of the toilet cistern there is a over flow tube. Some older toilet cisterns have this pipe to the side.

If the water level is above that over flow tube then water is pouring down the tube and down the drain. Now we know that  the float valve either needs adjusting, repairing or replacing.

Next we will check to see if the outlet valve seating washer is working correctly.

Turn the water supply off at the isolation stop tap.There should be an isolation tap down below the toilet cistern either side of the toilet pan. If not you will have to turn the water off at the water meter or a isolation valve to the property. Once the water is isolated  make sure the water height in the tank is just below the over flow pipe.

Check the toilet bowl where the water sits on the bottom of the pan. If you can see a ripple on the water, or place a piece of toilet paper just below the rim of the toilet pan where the water comes out. If the paper is getting wet then the seating washer may need replacing. Don’t be afraid to wait a couple of minutes if checking with the paper as the bowl could be wet and give false reading. That’s the easy way for a leaky toilet check. Check out the video below for some more tips

Replace Toilet Fill Valve

Replacing Float Valve On Leaking Toilet

How to replace toilet fill valve on leaking toilet.

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replace toilet fill valve

Replace toilet fill valve on a leaking toilet is just one of those easy to do jobs with just a couple of hand tools that most people have in there home. We can replace the rubbers in any toilet float valve but the problem is that it’s still old. Spending all its life submerged in water things can and do perish over time. The simplest thing is to replace the complete valve and have it trouble free years to come.

Replacing toilet fill valve.

What you will need is an adjustable spanner that will open up to the size of the nut that holds the valve in place.

Towel to clean up any excess water that spills onto the floor.

New toilet flush valve.

New flexible water hose optional

Check the toilet stop tap for isolation. If the water doesn’t completely turn off at the stop tap you may need to turn the water mains off.

Replace toilet fill valve.

Now first of all. Make sure the water is turned off. Check the toilet stop tap for isolation making sure there is no water entering into the tank. Nothing worse taken the hose off and water is still leaking out of it and onto the floor or bucket you have. If it is not isolating the water completely now you may need to replace this isolation tap or turn the water off at the mains of the property. Once you have all that organised lets move on to getting the job done.

Drain all the water that is in the toilet tank. As much as you can drain less will spill on the floor so give it one more flush. Once it’s all drained remove the water inlet pipe or hose. This could be copper pipe or a flexible hose. This is the hose that connects the toilet valve to the water supply. Either way its needs to disconnected before you can remove the float valve. This pipe or hose will be under the toilet cistern tank. Once the pipe is removed off the valve there is a plastic nut that holds the toilet fill valve to the tank. Remove the plastic nut that holds the valve in place. This nut is situated underneath the tank just above where you took the pipe off. Now remove that toilet flush valve by undoing the plastic nut and lifting the float out up through where top. Of course you will have to take the lid of the tank first.

Installing new toilet float valve

Remove new float valve from the box and install rubber grommet over the threaded end. Make sure that the flat side of rubber is facing the flange on the float valve. Place the new water float valve into the same position as old one. When in position screw the locking nut from underneath back on and tighten. Take care when you tightening up the toilet valve that no moving parts rub against the sides of the tank and fouling its operation. Once the bottom entry float valve is in position install the water pipe back onto the float valve where the thread is. When installing the water pipe always connect the pipe to the valve end first. What I mean by that is the float valve thread is plastic and the stop tap is metal. It is much easier to cross thread plastic than steel. Just a friendly tip there.

Test and commission 

Once the valve is installed turn on the water so we can set the toilet flush level. Fill up the cistern tank and check for any leaks.  If  there are no leaks and you are happy. Flush the toilet a couple of times and then you may have to carry out a toilet float valve adjustment to adjust the water to the toilet flush level. Most toilet cisterns have marks on the inside that gives you a water level height. Normal adjustment is around 9 litres for a full flush and 4.5 for a half flush. Newer toilet suites use less water and are more environmentally friendly so saving water at 6 litres for a full flush and 3 litres for a half  flush. If you are looking for more info on other diy plumbing jobs for home then have a look here for more helpful tips

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