It’s Tap, Washer and Sinks-Plumbing Tips on Toilet Tuesday

The guys are out in force today supplying a bath tap, tap washer and fitting wall hung toilets, fitting monobloc kitchen taps (one spout and two levers) and supply and fitting new Grohe bathroom taps. Look out for the Ability vans today in Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and East Grinstead and give them a toot or a wave.

Technical tips on  a Tap

  • The part of the unit which you turn is the top end of a screw which goes down into the casing of the tap.
  • At the bottom end of this screw is a rubber or leather washer which presses down on to the end of the water pipe, preventing the water from coming any further.
  • When you turn the unit on, the screw rises, lifting the washer with it and allowing the water to gush up from the pipe and run out through the spout.
  • When you turn off the tap, you are screwing the washer down again on to the pipe and cutting off the flow of water.
Outside Tap


If there’s a leak, it could be one of several problems:

Faucets and globe valves, the type commonly used in home water systems, are very similar in construction, and the repair instructions given below apply to both. Your faucet or valves may differ somewhat in general design from the one shown here because both faucets and valves come in a wide variety of styles.

Mixing faucets, which are found on sinks, laundry trays and bathtubs are actually two separate units with a common spout. Each unit is independently repaired

  1. the tap washer is not seated correctly (it hasn’t been put in quite right),
  2. the washer needs replacing (go buy a new one! They’re very cheap so buy a few spares, or
  3. the ‘seat’ needs ‘reaming’ (it might be a little chewed or worn, there’s a special tool you can buy to do this). Alternately and more expensively, you can just replace the whole faucet and tap.

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