How to fix a dripping tap

A dripping tap can waste a lot of water – up to 10,000 litres per year. That’s more than a full bathtub each week. Yet most dripping taps just need a new washer, which can be simple to fix.

Fix your dripping tap:

  1. Turn off the mains water supply at the stop tap (need help to find your stop tap?).
  2. Turn the dripping tap on full.
  3. Unscrew the cover and loosen the hexagon using a spanner.
  4. Remove the whole tap top.
  5. Lift out the jumper plate and use pliers to unscrew the nut.Remove the old washer.
  6. Fit the new washer.
  7. Re-assemble the tap.
  8. Turn the water on again.
Need a plumber?

If you've having trouble fixing your tap – or have a bigger task at hand – you may want the help of a reputable plumber. Trusted plumbers who are qualified to meet the regulations for working safely with drinking water can be found through the WaterSafe online directory. See our Find an approved plumber page for further information.


10,000 litres
of water a year can be caused from a dripping tap

– that’s more than a bathful a week

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