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Got a leaky tap? Let’s fix it in a few simple steps.

Kitchen sink tap with water flowing
If that drip-drip sound from your leaky tap has become part of your meditation technique or you thought leaving a bowl beneath the tap to collect water is good enough, think again.
A tap that is leaking 1 drop per second will add up to 21 litres of water wasted in just one day. Imagine pouring away 21 of those 1-litre cartons of your favourite juice down the drain, and it puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?
With increased water tariffs in Singapore from July 2018, it is time to put a plug in it, or pay for it dearly in your next utility bill!

WHY IS YOUR TAP LEAKING?

The common reason is its rubber washer/O-ring or sealant ring within the cartridge are worn out and needs to be replaced. If that’s the only problem, you can probably fix it yourself and duly impress the people who live with you at how handy you are!
However, if the leak is due to a corroded valve seat or broken plumbing, then don’t play the hero like a Korean drama actor with coiffed hair and tweezed eyebrows. Just call a licensed plumber to get the problem fixed promptly and efficiently.

CALL A PLUMBER or DO-IT-YOURSELF?

In Singapore, only PUB Licensed Plumbers (LPs) licensed under the revised scheme are permitted to carry out a broad range of water service and sanitary works, as of 1 April 2018. As plumbing works requires a certain level of training and expertise, PUB is committed to upgrade the industry’s standards of regulated plumbing works.
As such, if you require any plumbing works that goes beyond a 20-minute DIY job, you should always insist on a Licensed Plumber. This protects you, the consumer, from shoddy workmanship which could lead to more complicated problems. Click here to book a Licensed Plumber with immafix.
IDENTIFY YOUR TAP TYPE
• Traditional tap with handle knob

Traditional tap with handle knob
• Mixer tap with a lever

Mixer tap with a lever
WHAT WILL YOU BE REPLACING / NEED TO BUY FROM HARDWARE SHOP?
• Traditional tap → Rubber washer and O-ring

Traditional tap - Rubber washer and O-ring
• Mixer tap → Cartridge

Mixer tap - Cartridge

DIY – Let’s fix that leaky tap!

If you are a fast learner or already have some technical know-how, these instructions will guide you through this relatively simple job.

Replacing the washer in a Traditional Tap with Handle Knob

Tools you'll need:

• Adjustable wrench
• Phillips and/or flat-head screwdriver
• Utility knife
• Good quality replacement washers and O-rings
1. Turn off stop valve located under your sink or the water mains.
2. Turn on tap to drain any water still left in pipe.
3. Put the plug in the sink to prevent any piece from disappearing down the hole by accident.
4. To remove handle knob, first remove any decorative parts on top by gently prying it out with the utility knife. Next, unscrew the screw that mounts the handle to the stem and remove the handle.
5. Use the adjustable wrench to loosen the packing nut. Then remove the spindle and washer assembly.
6. Remove the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat and replace with the new washer and the O-ring of the exact fit. (Check with hardware store if you are in doubt.)
7. Reassemble all the parts (in order of washer/O-ring, stem, packing nut, screw, and handle) and tighten accordingly.
8. Turn the stop valve or the water mains back on. Leak should be fixed!
NOTE: If the tap continues to leak, there is probably a more serious corrosion problem or broken plumbing to deal with. Click here to book a Licensed Plumber with immafix..

Replacing a cartridge in a Mixer Tap with Lever

Tools you'll need:

• Adjustable wrench
• Phillips and/or flat-head screwdriver
• Good quality replacement cartridge
• Pliers
• Hex / Allen Key
1. Turn off stop valve located under your sink or the water mains.
2. Turn on tap to drain any water still left in pipe.
3. Put the plug in the sink to prevent any piece from disappearing down the hole by accident.
4. To find the secret entrance to the lever tap, use the pliers to pluck out the hot-cold indicator button from your tap. Remove small wall plug if there is one.
5. Use a thin hex/allen key to unscrew the small grub screw inside. Remove the handle (squirt some WD40 lubricating oil if handle appears too stiff to be removed).
6. Pull out the cartridge and replace with new cartridge. Tip: align the 2 locks in the new cartridge to the drilled holes in the tap. Press down so the cartridge is locked into place.
7. Reassemble all the parts (handle, grub screw, tap, small wall plug, hot/cold indicator button) and tighten accordingly.
NOTE: If the tap continues to leak, there is probably a more serious corrosion problem or broken plumbing to deal with. Click here to book a Licensed Plumber with immafix..
While it may make an exciting, heroic tale even to boast to your nearest and dearest how you fixed a leaky tap… most DIY plumbing sessions can potentially create a big mess or exacerbate the plumbing problem! To avoid a reoccurrence of the issue or the creation of an aesthetic eyesore, call iimafix for a professional and licensed plumber to help you.
Enjoy peace of mind when you contact www.iimafix.com for the best value, price-competitive plumbing quote in Singapore.
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