There is nothing quite as irritating as water dripping while you are trying to catch 40 winks. Avoid an expensive call-out fee and do the 10 minute job yourself. Just make sure you have at least two new washers before you start, and avoid using cheap ones that will not last. Consider special soft ones, if a member of the family does not have strong hands. Taps may look different – most of them work the same way.
o Turn off the water supply at the main supply point, or close to the tap if a tradesman fitted a shut-off as plumbers in London often do.
o Run the tap until the flow of water stops. Leaving it fully open, unscrew the tap head and lift the top away. Protect the fitting by covering it with masking tape to prevent scratching.
o There is no need to find a plumber to finish off such an easy job. On most taps, the washer fits loosely and all that you have to do is to replace it. If on the other hand the washer attaches to a plunger, replace the sub-assembly.
o When done, re-assemble the tap in the reverse order. Turn the mains back on, and test the tap several times. There should not be any leaks. If there are leaks, then you may have a damaged tap seat, and you might have to call for plumber quotes from Mr-Skill.
Changing a tap washer is easy and you really do not have to find a plumber if all goes well.