A Beginner’s Guide to Tap Repair


Taps nowadays come in a thousand different styles and models but almost all of them function and are operated in the same way. That is why in repairing or replacing taps, one cannot be certain that one method will work with every other tap. To make your plumbing life easy, here is a simple guide to removing and repairing taps.

Step 1: Disconnect the tap from the water supply line

There should be a water line connecting your existing tap to your main water pipe and this is often located under your sink. Turn the knob to shut off the water supply. Open the tap for a few while. This is to make sure that all the water stuck inside the pipes will be flushed out and you won’t have to deal with gushing water from pipes when you detach the old tap from the supply pipe.

Step 2: Remove mounting nuts and bolts

Mounting nuts are used to keep the tap in its place in the counter top. Make sure that you have loosened and removed all the nuts and bolts before removing the tap. Locate the two nuts securing the tap in its place. You might find it on either side of the tap. If not, look for a centre nut and using a screwdriver and a basin wrench, loosen them and then remove. Remove your sprayer too, if you have one.

Step 3: Clean sink deck

Once the tap is completely removed, you will notice old deposits of sealants and other products around where your old tap should be. Remove those by using a plastic putty knife, as to not damage the surface of your sink, or a mineral deposit cleaner.

Step 4: Attach the tap

Taking the replacement tap, place it where it should sit on top of the sink and check if all the tubes can fit inside the holes. Once you are set, check if your new tap has a gasket to seal the tap in place. If not, you may use silicone caulk or plumber’s putty. When done, press the base of the top on its place and screw in other nuts and bolts needed. Make sure that the tap is centred.

Step 5: Tighten mounting bolts
Using a basin wrench and somebody else’s assistance, screw in bolts and nuts under the sink to make sure you have a strong connection. Tighten them using the basin wrench.

Step 6: Connect inlets and stop valves
Wrapping the inlets using a joint plumber’s tape, twist the nut into the inlet and tighten it. You may use a basin wrench to tighten things up. Apply the same step with the stop valve this time using a wrench. Turn the water supply back on, turn the tap on and check for leaks.