How to Replace the Washer of a Dripping Tap

Water is a precious resource and natural element. We all need to learn to respect and preserve more water. With help from a little D.I.Y, we could lessen the load of this precious resource and in the process help you save a buck too!

Have a look around your home and check if you can spot any dripping taps or damp areas around it, over time and regular use of valves can lead to a leak. If you see any holes or leaks,  don’t take it lightly. Over time the amounts op drips can form a dam and waste massive amounts of water unnecessarily.

Replacing the washer in the tap would be the solution to resolve this issue at hand. Follow these simple steps to you seal the deal. (note* only for single water taps)


Here’s a quick shopping list that you’ll need:

-Adjustable set of spanners
-Set of washers 

1. Turn the water supply off, and there should be a valve under the sink, remember the rhyme, righty-tighty and lefty-loosey.
Don’t know which way to turn? The ideal standard is to open and closing valves and taps.

2. Turn the tap open to drain the remaining water out of the system, wait for all the water to drain before continuing.  


3. Remove the head of the tap. Any standard valve will have a cover on top of its head. You’ll be able to screw it lose or pop it open with the help of a flat screwdriver wedged between the cap and head.

Next, undo the screw inside the head, once it’s loose, lift the head and it will come right off without any resistance. 




4. Remove the “packing nut”. Under the head is a mechanism which allows the tap to open and close aka “packing nut”. Fit an adjustable spanner/plier over the nut. There should be a five-sided nut-sized shape in which the plier can grip onto and turn left (lefty-loosey) until loose.

5. Replace the washer. On the bottom of the “packing nut”, should be a visibly worn out washer tightened by a nut, merely use your pliers to untighten the nut and pull out the washer. Replace the washer with the same fit and screw the nut on to keep it in place.

6. Time to re-assemble! Screw the “packing-lid” on (righty-tighty), then the head, followed by the cap and the water supply.

7. Test it. Open your tap and behold! You should have no leaks!

It’s always handy to know how to do things yourself. 
Now you’re prepared the next time!

Written by Graphic Designer