6 Jan 2017

Save Money: Fix Leaking Mixer Tap

How To Fix Leaking Mixer Taps
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Leaking taps are so annoying!

Having to wrap dish cloths around it, waking up to floods on the worktop or worse, the cupboard below. 

Then there's the expense of calling in a plumber and all that wasted water.

And after you've waited in all day for the plumber to arrive all he does is eat mushrooms and kill your turtles. Just seeing if you were still paying attention! 

A Which? survey of plumbers found hourly rate charges averaged £45-60 per hour, so read on and I'll show you how simple it is to repair a leaking mixer tap yourself.

First, to find out what kind of mixer tap you have:

If it has a lever on top like mine in the photo and it turns a quarter turn, it's a ceramic disc cartridge tap, it's a simple fix so read on. If it has taps on either side, it's a spout O ring rubber washer type, so scroll to the bottom and I'll show you how to fix that too.

Here's what you'll need for ceramic disc cartridge tap:

Here's what you do:

1. Turn off the water supply to the tap by turning the screws on the pipes located below the sink to the 3oclock position.

turn off water supply
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2. Take off the red/blue plastic indicator tab with the screwdriver, you'll find this below the tap lever.

3. Inside you'll find a small retaining screw, undo this with the Allen key and remove the lever. Be careful, or the plastic lever on the cartridge will snap off making it difficult to remove from the metal lever.

4. Next job is to remove the shroud, use the strap wrench if it's too tight.

5. Then remove the nut, use the adjustable wrench if it's too tight.

6. Now remove the ceramic disc cartridge and replace with the new one, press it down to get a good seal.

7. Screw back on the nut to finger tight.

How To Fix Leaking Mixer Taps
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8. Turn the water back on and check everything it working as it should, then you can finish putting the tap back together.

Where to find a replacement ceramic disc cartridge :

Considering ceramic disc cartridges have a life of 2-5 years and this tap sold in their millions, you would have thought Wickes, B&Q, Plumbase, Screwfix or Plumb City would stock it. Or any other kind of ceramic disc cartridge for that matter. But No.

It's almost as if they don't want you to fix it yourself, but call a plumber out instead. Luckily there's Amazon, where you can literally buy anything. Ceramic disc cartridges come in two sizes, 35mm and 40mm and there's a few varieties of each, so check yours against the product photos on Amazon.

How To Fix Leaking Mixer Taps
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How to replace spout O ring:

1. Turn off the water supply to the tap same as before.

2. Undo the small screw behind the spout.

3. Lift off the spout, usually if you turn it to face 9 oclock it will line up correctly and can be pulled straight up.

4. Use a flat head screw driver to roll off the O ring and replace with one of the same size.

5. If you need an O ring, Amazon stock O rings too.

So that's how easy it is to fix leaking mixer taps and save yourself the cost of a plumber. But if you are in any doubt, please call a professional plumber and watch him at work, so you'll know how to fix it next time. Read also my 101 Ways To Save Money.

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