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A leaking tap can result in a very expensive water bill. As such, it’s vital that it be repaired immediately. Any leaking faucet that is difficult to turn may be resolved through repairs or cleaning. But should either of those two options fail, then a tap replacement may be necessary.

Usually, faucet-related issues result from a loose washer or a build-up of mineral deposits. In either case, they can be resolved quite easily. So in line with that, here are  some guidelines to follow when doing a faucet repair:


Repairing Your Faucet In Case of A Loose Washer


1. Disable Your Water Supply


To prevent any plumbing emergencies, disable your water supply first and dismantle your faucet. Make sure to remove the tiny screw behind the handle and disconnect it from its cylinder-like body. Once you begin removing the plug, you may experience difficulty especially if your faucet is new or if limescale has managed to accumulate. If that’s the case, try scrubbing off the deposits or lubricate the plug with WD40 oil.


2. Detach The Packing Nut

You may need a professional plumber to assist you with this step. After removing the faucet handle, use a pair of slip-joint pliers or an adjustable wrench to detach the packing nut. Make sure to twist it outward carefully as if you were opening a faucet. However, avoid scratching the metal as doing so may cause more issues than is already present.


3. Dismantle and Replace Your Washer

Once the packing nut is detached, you can now dismantle your washer. This device should have a screw attached to it which can be removed by hand (any damage present on this screw may be the root cause of all your faucet-related issues). After the washer has been dismantled, have it replaced with a newer and more durable model so as to avoid any more problems.


4. Reassemble Your Faucet

At this point, you can reassemble your tap by simply following the disassembly process in reverse. After that, switch your water supply back on to check if the water leak from your tap has now been resolved. Should you face difficulty with reassembling your tap, don’t hesitate to avail yourself of our professional tap & faucet services.


Repairing Your Faucet In Case of A Mineral Deposit or Lime Build-up

1. Disassemble Your Faucet

Follow the disassembly procedure for your kitchen or bathroom faucet as detailed in the previous section.


2. Detach The Cap

When detaching the cap, make sure to unfasten the screw in order for the tap opener to be removed as well. The screw may need to be unfastened using a cross screwdriver or Allen wrench depending on the model. If you’re unsure about what screwdriver to use, don’t hesitate to seek guidance from a recommended plumber.


3. Unscrew The Ring/Rosette

Once the screw is unfastened, move the tap opener vertically then sideways. After that, try and unscrew the ring/rosette by hand. Otherwise, wrap it in a cloth and unfasten the screws gently using tongs. Considering that this process is quite delicate, it’s best to contact a reliable plumber to assist you.


4. Remove The Main Ring and Cartridge


Once you’ve successfully detached the rosette, detach the main ring using pliers or with an appropriately-sized key. Remove the cartridge shortly thereafter. At this point, you may begin to notice the limescale deposit buildup which caused your sink’s faucet to malfunction.


5. Examine The Cartridge

Examine the erasers on the cartridge’s bottom portion. If the cartridge doesn’t seem to fit well inside the tap, then it may well be the cause of your tap’s water leak and should be replaced by a professional plumber. Otherwise, your faucet may simply require thorough cleaning.


6. Clean Up Any Visible Signs of Residue


Besides removing anything which may be causing a drain choke, make sure to also clean off any visible signs of tartar. After that, spray the cartridge well with a tartar control agent and allow it to soak in a descaling solution. It is best not to dismantle the cartridge as reassembling it may prove difficult. Instead, you should thoroughly clean the inner portions of the cartridge if it happens to be in poor condition. Otherwise, immediately contact plumbing services to do a faucet replacement.


7. Reassemble The Cartridge

Once your cartridge has been cleaned or replaced, reassemble it by doing the previous steps in reverse. Make sure not to tighten the main ring when rotating it to prevent any damage, especially if the cartridge is made from plastic. After you’ve reassembled all components of the cartridge, open the two corner valves. In case you experience difficulty with this process, don’t hesitate to hire a plumber to help you out.


8. Replace Your Faucet If Needed

If a leaking tap continues to persist even after you’ve completed the required steps, you may have to purchase a newer and more durable faucet. When searching for a replacement faucet, make sure to purchase one with a faucet cartridge that has the same dimensions as your old one. In addition, check that the holes of the new cartridge fit well with those within your faucet. Contact a professional plumber to assist you with this process. You can also view our price list for more information on our tap & faucet services.

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This article is reproduced from Tap & Faucet City Singapore.

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