By Grover Koelpin 44 comments

Plumberparts.co.uk. Honest reviews and advice. Sponsored by heatandplumb.com. Hello, and welcome to this
Plumberparts.co.uk video. Today, I’m gonna show you
how to change a tap washer to stop this tap from leaking. It’s gonna be mental. Right, to achieve success,
you’re gonna need a tap washer repair kit, a Phillips head or a
crossheaded screwdriver, an adjustable spanner, set of grips, and a small slotted screwdriver there. Right, firstly, we find out where we have to isolate the tap from. That means turn it off. Fortunately this one is right
near the cold water main, so we just turn that one off
and it should all be okay. (water splashing) Firstly, remove this top cap here with our slotted screwdriver. Put that to one side. Then we remove the head, using our Phillips head screwdriver. Now that opens up the
valve mechanism body. Okay, this bit here is
the bit we have to remove. So this bit we need to
grip this part of the tap, the spout part, with our grips. And then use our adjustables to remove the actual valve mechanism. Now, to stop any damage to the tap itself, I always try to get a small bit of cloth
or something like that just to protect the tap
from the grip teeth. Otherwise it’ll damage it, it’ll score it. There we go. As you can see they can sometimes be
really difficult to get off. And there we go, there’s the washer head
that needs changing. Now we got our small slotted screwdriver. Pop that under the seat here, like that. And then try and prise it out. And out it comes. So, looking at the old tap washer, we can actually see the
rubber’s quite hard. And that means that’s
probably why it was leaking. Now sometimes you’ll find
there’ll be a small slit or something like that. Or sometimes the rubber washer
will be completely destroyed. Whatever happens, definitely
recommend changing this one, that’s what we’re gonna do now. Now is when we need to
use our spare tap washers. Make sure that the replacement
tap washer you choose is roughly the same size and
has roughly the same hole size in it, so it sits on the spindle and doesn’t slip off when you’re using it. We pop this new one back on. That sits nice and comfortably
on the valve mechanism. Now we put that back in the
tap and test for operation. Pop this back in here. Get our grips again. Just nip that up, nice and tight. And then reassemble in reverse order. Now we’re going back under the sink and turn the water back on. And test for operation. (water splashes) So there we have it, fixed. Everything’s working
absolutely spiffingly. No leaks whatsoever, it’s really good. Sometimes you’ll find with the mechanism, they can actually rip
themselves to pieces inside and they just won’t work anymore. If that’s the case, pop it out, take it down to your local
wholesales or plumbers merchant’s and they’ll be able to
find you a replacement. They’re usually very, very
common and quite easy to find. I hope you found today’s video helpful. If you need any more help or you think we’ve missed something
out or anything like that, tell us on this video
or visit our website, plumberparts.co.uk. And as ever, subscribe. Thanks very much guys. See you laters. Plumberparts.co.uk. Honest reviews and advice. Sponsored by heatandplumb.com.



Jul 7, 2011, 10:05 am Reply

That tap is still leaking at the end of the video after you replaced the washer! There's more to plumbing than just changing the washer. Your video proved your plumbing efforts FAILED! It's not so easy to solve the perennial problem of a leaky tap!


Sep 9, 2011, 8:10 pm Reply


Graham Downey

Nov 11, 2011, 10:36 am Reply

Good video, but as far as unscrewinging the Headgear, have a look at, "Change Tap washer Easy Tapsplitter", on here to see how to unscrew it easier and safer, be careful these heads can be extremely difficult to shift and cause a lot more damage to pipework etc.

Siyar Ahmad

Nov 11, 2011, 7:38 pm Reply

thank you

Rupinder Bhangoo

May 5, 2012, 6:40 am Reply

Cheers mate


Jun 6, 2012, 3:41 pm Reply

Hi.The problem I have is that the screw that attaches the headgear is on the side of the tap.When I try to unscrew it,it turns but doesnt come out. How do I get it out?Any help much appreciated.

Christopher Markey

Jul 7, 2012, 11:53 am Reply

Brilliant! After watching your video I changed mine in less than 5 minutes!! Thank you!

nicky roberts

Dec 12, 2012, 3:18 am Reply

Hey PP quick question i was called out today to fix a leaking jiont on the cold main going into the combi, after fixing the leak and turining the supply bk on the customer then later rung me to say her hot water outlets are running at a low flow rate to which i cant figure out why as i only worked on the cold main coming in any clues to what to what that might be?

Stupid Brick

Jan 1, 2013, 10:49 am Reply

Tap revival kits are pretty helpful, they're basically the top half of the tap (minus the body) and come with different sized ferrals so can be used with older taps that have a different thread.

Nice video keep em coming ;oD

Mike Mann

Jan 1, 2013, 5:09 pm Reply

isnt it different if its a ceramic disc instead of a washer?

Mike Mann

Jan 1, 2013, 4:42 pm Reply

I just took apart my kitchen tap to have a look at the inside to see if the rubber washer was the same size as the pack I just bought and had a nightmare trying to take it off. In the process I actually created a dripping tap situation trying to prize the thing off with a small knife! So now I have a dripping tap to sort out, marvellous!

Daniel Woodvine

Feb 2, 2013, 3:45 pm Reply

Just watched your video and 5 minutes later have fixed my dripping tap.cheers


Mar 3, 2013, 12:12 pm Reply

Hello, can I ask if you have a drip from hot water tap how to you turn that off? If you have a tank in airing cupboard do you turn off there and run tap? Will the whole tank empty?



Jun 6, 2013, 3:34 pm Reply

Excellent! Thank you.

Billie Piper’s Teeth

Jun 6, 2013, 8:46 pm Reply

Couldn't find the isolation for cold bathroom tap so I found the whole experience to be much like the log flume ride at Thorpe Park. I swapped in the valve mechanism for the hot water tap (for which I could find the isolation point in the airing cupboard) whilst replacing the washer. Job done. Cheers Matey.

Suzanne Kelly

Jul 7, 2013, 12:35 pm Reply

well helpful! Just changed my first washer after watching you do it. you explain things really well, and thanks for this video!


Aug 8, 2013, 3:38 pm Reply

Thanks, this video helped me fix my dripping tap. It was indeed caused by the rubber washer!

kenny barnes

Sep 9, 2013, 8:39 am Reply

You forgot to do what all tradesman do and stop halfway through to have a cup of tea ! 😉

Amber Shah

Oct 10, 2013, 9:20 pm Reply

Really Helpful. With the help of your video, I have managed to change the washer of my tap. All sorted and money saved. Many thanks again.

Topias Kauppinen

May 5, 2014, 7:44 am Reply

Ist that Bahco adjustable spanner?

andy elliott

Jul 7, 2014, 3:27 pm Reply

I've always found it useful to put the plug in before you start,then if you drop any small parts they don't disappear down the plughole.

Luke Davd

Dec 12, 2014, 3:03 am Reply

Great vid! I always find yours great for refreshing memory. Your heating ones have been very useful! I have to mention that on this one I was slightly disappointed that you didn't re-seat the tap or mention it as being a potential cause for the tap washer to be damaged. It's always a good idea to re-seat the tap when changing the washer as this creates a perfect seal and reduces risk of damage to the new washer you have put in.

J Patel

May 5, 2016, 9:23 am Reply

amazing help! thank you so much, crystal clear explanation!


Sep 9, 2016, 9:10 am Reply

did everything in the video about dripping tap but could not get it undone, tried everything , even wd40

Peter Stubbs

Oct 10, 2016, 9:54 pm Reply

What if its the hot water tap mate? Do I simply run all the hot water away then do the replacement?


Oct 10, 2016, 5:13 pm Reply

I walked into a trade shop, I paused the image of the tools, said I didn't know what washer it would be, walked out with all the kit. Changed the washer within about 6 minutes, perfect!

NB how a tutorial should be, clear and to the point. Thank you


Oct 10, 2016, 9:46 pm Reply

I tried this and unfortunately it didn't solve the issue. But I then swapped over both valves and the same tap still leaks, does this mean the whole tap needs replacing?
you saved me a few bob with your radiator balancing video.


Dec 12, 2016, 11:01 am Reply

And when the new washer of the same size won't won't fit in, anyone.

James Butcher

Mar 3, 2017, 5:35 pm Reply

if the washer is hard does it needs replacing? looked at mine and theres no cracks in it but tap still leaks.thx

Doreen Rule

Apr 4, 2017, 8:06 pm Reply

where do l find the name brand of the faucet!

David Levy

Apr 4, 2017, 10:01 pm Reply

I wish my tap gearhead was as easy to remove. Mine has a tall spindle in the middle and a adjustable spanner just ends up sliding around the hexagonal gearhead.

Andy Donaldson

May 5, 2017, 7:51 am Reply

Any ideas how to get a 'dome type' design tap off? They seem to have a concealed screw as it's not hidden under a cap on the top like in this video? help much appreciated 😉

Graham Downs

May 5, 2017, 11:29 pm Reply

Try the Easytapsplitter from ABDtools, perfect for undoing for this type of single tap.

Limi Sam

Aug 8, 2017, 10:44 pm Reply

Thank u for sharing


Sep 9, 2017, 12:41 pm Reply

Thank you for sharing, my tap is leaking and I didn't know it was so easy to fix.


Apr 4, 2018, 2:40 am Reply

You are the best! 😀

John Alex Wood

May 5, 2018, 12:10 am Reply

That was very useful and funny too 🙂 tks

Diane Stallworthy

May 5, 2018, 9:20 am Reply

If it is all seized up and hard to unscrew, wrap a cloth round with white vinegar overnight to loosen!

John Barnes

Jun 6, 2018, 8:36 pm Reply

Slide a box spanner over the spout of the tap to keep it still to remove the valve from the tap dismantle the valve and lubricate with plumbers grease allways reaseat the seating of the tap and renew washer .Use a ring spanner to remove valve from tap.(far easier) and never use grips on spout

mac plastering

Dec 12, 2018, 6:45 pm Reply

dude love your vids , just a quick question any way i can know witch is leaking hot or cold on a mixer tap


Dec 12, 2018, 9:42 am Reply

Links to the tools I use everyday here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/plumberparts

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Adam Joyner

Nov 11, 2019, 6:31 am Reply

Right,as usual the answer is I need more staff ! 😂 xxxxx 😂 xxxxxx

Debbie Sweeney

Nov 11, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

what if hot tay

Vikram Shetty

Dec 12, 2019, 2:58 pm Reply

Whether rubber washed becomes harder over period of time?

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