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How To Fix A Dripping Tap (Ceramic Disc)

How To Fix A Dripping Tap (Ceramic Disc)

This video is specifically designed by VideoJug to show you to how to fix a ceramic disc dripping tap. Showing you how to replace and clean a cartridge, VideoJug shows you all you need to know to fix that dripping tap.

Step 1: You will need

  • 1 Suitably sized or adjustable spanner
  • 1 Knife with a thin blade
  • 1 Crosshead screwdriver
  • 1 Wrench
  • some Wire wool
  • some Soft cleaning cloths
  • some Rubber washers

Step 2: Turn off the water supply

Before you begin, make sure you turn off the water supply to the tap you are working on. This may mean turning off the water at the mains tap for your house. This is usually located under or near your kitchen sink. If working on a hot tap you may need to locate the hot water tank and turn off the supply from there.

Now check that the water is off by turning on your tap. Very little water should come out. When you are sure that the mains are off, turn the tap fully on to drain it of any excess water.

Step 3: Handy Hint

Put in the plug. This will stop you losing anything down the plug-hole whilst you are dismantling the tap.

Step 4: Remove the cap

Using a knife with a thin blade, gently prize off the cap. The screw should now be easily visible

Step 5: Remove the head gear

Place the knife and cap to one side. Pick up your cross-headed screwdriver and start unscrewing the headgear off the cartridge.

Once unscrewed, prize the headgear off with your fingers and place to one side.

Step 6: Inspect the rubber seal

You will need to inspect the rubber seal on the bottom of the cartridge to check for damage or wear. If it seems worn or damaged, you should replace it as it may be causing the drip.

Step 7: Remove and inspect the cartridge

Use the wrench or a suitably sized spanner to unscrew the cartridge by turning it anticlockwise. Now inspect it for any wear and tear, or obvious damage. If the cartridge is dirty, clean off any debris as this alone could be the cause of the problem.

Step 8: Choose the correct cartridge

If the disc is obviously cracked then you will need to replace it with a new cartridge. Make sure that the new cartridge is the same type as the old one, and that you don't confuse hot and cold.

Step 9: Reassemble

Once you have determined and corrected the problem, simply go back over yourself step by step to reassemble your ceramic-disc tap.