The tap in our kitchen has been leaking over the past few months. Everyday I had to try hard to turn off the tap in order to “fix” the leaking. Since last week, the problem had become from bad to worse and my housemate did not bother to try to turn it off by giving a few tries and we have wasted lots of water for a few nights.
I had actually tried to fix it quite a few times by replacing the washer valve, but nothing had worked. And it would be very expensive to ask a guy to come in to fix for us, so I decided to google it further to find the fix.
It turned out to be a very easy fix. All I needed to do is to go to the Bunnings Warehouse and buy the following kit:
It is called Tap Reseater. The valve seat is what the washer closes onto when the tap is closed. When the seat is damaged, water is able to find the gap between the seat and the washer and leak out of the tap. The Tap Reseater simply removes the small channels between the seat and the washer by grinding the seat down. You can find the full instructions on the back of the kit.
It cost me $18, but it is worthy and can be used for future leaking problems. If you have the same problem as me, and don’t feel want to spend nearly $20, you can give me a call and I will lend it to you ( of course, only for my friends ). It should only takes around 5-10 minutes to fix it.
Hope this helps.