Find out how to change a washer

The sound of "drip … drip … drip" is not the lullaby you want or need when you are lying comfortably on your bed after a long day at work. If you are in this situation, it is likely that your leaky faucet is due to a worn washer.

This article will help you to replace a faulty tap washing machine. However, if you don't have enough time to do it yourself, our plumbing team in London can help you with all your plumbing. So if you need expert help to fix a leaky faucet, install a waste disposal unit or unlock a sink, we have someone for you. Just call our team 0800 0 12 12 12 or request a quote by filling out our online booking form.

With the Handy Squad, we recommend that you contact a specialist for do-it-yourself work at home or in the office. For more information, see our disclaimer at the end of this article.


  • towel
  • plug
  • screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tap the washing machine
  • wire wool


1. Protect your bathroom or sink

Before you start working, you should insert the plug to prevent small objects from being lost – e.g. Screws or a wedding ring. It's also ideal to put a towel in your bathroom or basin to protect it in case you accidentally drop tools in it – all you want to do is replace your wash basin and not take out a brand new bath or basin.

2. Turn off the water

Regardless of whether you need access to your water supply or just use your shutoff valve, you need to make sure the water is turned off. We recommend that you also turn on your kitchen tap to ensure that any remaining water is drained from your installation system.

3. Disassemble the tap

Use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the top of the tap. A screw is probably attached to the tap head. After loosening the screw, remove the head of the tap and expose the valve. Now open the valve with your wrench.

Note: If you have difficulty reversing the process, you can hold the spout at any time for additional support.

4. Replace the washer

After removing the valve, you can see the worn washer – the cause of all your problems – in the meat. Loosen the screw that secures the old washer and discard it before replacing it with a shiny new washer of the same size.

5. Reassemble the tap

After installing your new washing machine, you need to reassemble the tap. Reinstall the screw that secures the washer to the tap shaft. If you want, you can also wipe the faucets inside and out with a little wool to remove any build-up of lime.

To reassemble the faucet, you must put the valve back in the seat of the faucet and tighten it with your wrench. Then you can put the head of the tap over the valve and secure it by turning the head clockwise.

6. Put the water back on

Finally, all you have to do is turn on the main water supply or turn the valve under the sink before you no longer wash dirty hands or fill up the bathtub to cool off after a hot day.

If at any point you feel like you need a second pair of hands, do not hesitate to contact our team. Call us 0800 0 12 12 12 or fill out our online booking form and we will be on the way to your place of residence in London in no time. All you have to do is pay attention to our yellow scooters, which you shouldn't miss.


With Handy Squad, we strongly recommend that you always take safety precautions into account when carrying out a DIY project. We also strongly recommend that you carefully read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for any building materials, products or tools you use in your projects.

Our goal is to give you clear and correct instructions so that you can easily carry out any DIY project you want. Please note, however, that the information we provide is for guidance only and that some information in the text may not be completely correct.

Note that it is your own responsibility to determine whether you are able to perform and perform the task you want when you use our articles for information and advice.

Before starting a DIY task, it is important that you inform yourself about existing building, gas, water and electricity regulations. If you have any further concerns, we recommend that you do additional research and / or contact the required professional organization.

We also strongly recommend that a qualified contractor perform the appropriate safety tests and review the do-it-yourself work you do.

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