Thursday, 23 March 2017

Quick DIY Fixes - Bathroom Taps

Many of us shy away from doing DIY in our homes. Of course, having a professional come in and fix something is always a wise choice, but there are certain things which can be fixed through a little bit of DIY.

There are a number of plumbers merchants North Wales which can supply all the parts and equipment you need for the task, and online guides can help to guide you through the process step-by-step.

You’ll save yourself some money in the process, as well as having a sense of pride for tackling issues in your home without having to call a professional in. Never try to fix anything which involves gas, as this can lead to serious health risks.

Fixing a Dripping Tap

The non-stop dripping of a tap can drive even the most patient of us a little crazy. Thankfully, there’s typically a quick fix for this, which doesn’t take too long. A dripping tap is usually caused by a worn-out tap washer, which can be replaced without the need for a professional.

1. Before you start, remember to turn the water off!

2. To replace the washer, you’ll first have to unclip (or unscrew, depending on the style of your tap) the top of your tap off.

3. Once it’s off, a retaining screw can be found underneath. You’ll need to unscrew this to allow for the tap knob to come off, which will then reveal the valve.

4. Now that the valve is exposed, use a spanner to unscrew anticlockwise and remove it. The valve contains a washer on the bottom of it, which is what will need replacing.

5. Typically, washers are held in place with a screw. Remove the screw and remove the old washer before replacing it with the new one.

Fitting Bath Taps

Whether you’re fitting taps onto a brand new bath, or perhaps just replacing older ones, it’s a task which can easily be completed within 30 minutes.

1.      Before starting, ensure that the hot tap is ready to be installed on the left side of the bathtub.

2.      Unscrew the nut from the bottom of the tap, then lower it into the tap hole on the bath. If there are no tap holes present, you will have to drill them yourself.

3.      Underneath the tap hole, you then need to screw the nut back on. This can be done by hand.

4.      Tighten the nut with a spanner once you are happy with the taps position.

5.      Tap tails may need to be fitted onto your water pipes, depending on how your plumbing has been set up.

6.      Check for any leaks by turning the water back on. If a leak occurs, try tightening the connections with a spanner.