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A leaking tap is usually caused by worn washers, a worn o-ring, a squashed or worn valve or scale build up on the tap seat. The most likely cause is a squashed or worn valve, valves can become further worn or squashed as you try to twist the tap tighter to stop the offending drip; luckily a squashed or worn valve is an easy fix for any do it yourself aficionado.
To replace a worn valve you will need a pipe or large adjustable wrench, depending on your tap style a smaller metric gear or flat head screw driver as well as your replacement valve, o-ring and washer, it is good practice to replace all at the same time to minimise a repeat of your drip, drip, drip. To really do the job properly you should also invest in a tap reseater, this will remove any lime scale or gunk build up at the top of the tap pipe making for a clean connection with your new valve.
Step one and perhaps the most important is to turn off your mains water, fail to do this and water will continue to pour out of your tap and make it very difficult to fix. Once your mains water is off, turn on your leaking tap to drain any residual water from your tap.
Step two is to remove the cap or button off your tap so that you can access the screw or nut which will be holding down the tap handle.
Step three is to remove the tap handle and any flange or residual cover so that you have access to the spindle and its bonnet so you can unscrew it.
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