I change the seals of the taps

I change the seals of the taps

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When your taps leak at a fitting, the prognosis leaves little room for procrastination: your seals have to be changed. An easy operation, whatever your level of DIY and which allows at the same time to maintain the aerator of the tap. Claire Barer, blogger from La vie des triplés, tells us step by step what to do.

Step 1 - I gather the material

Do you know the adage "the right tools make the right workers"? So I start by collecting them! I need a joint kit, an adjustable wrench, a pliers pliers and white vinegar.

Step 2 - I cut off the water supply

No precipitation ! Before starting the operation, I exercise caution by cutting off the water supply.

Step 3 - I purge my tap

To avoid some small inconveniences, I also think of emptying my tap by running the water.

Step 4 - I start to unscrew

I am therefore interested in the piping which is under my water point, here a sink. This is where I will have to remove the seals and replace them. Why do I need two pliers? Because while one holds the top of the piping, the other is used to unscrew. Convenient, especially in those hard to reach places.

Step 5 - I collect the seal

The piping is unscrewed! I keep the seal carefully: I must replace it with a seal of the same color and the same diameter. This is why it is advisable to buy a complete kit in store.

Step 6 - I replace my seal

So I replace a joint in good condition and I check that I position it flat so that it is not twisted by screwing the pipe back.

Step 7 - I screw the piping again

I replace the hose fitted with the new seal and tighten it using my adjustable wrench. I avoid forcing because the hose of the sink could twist.

Step 8 - I remove the gasket and the aerator from the tap

It's over ? Not quite ! I have a seal and a frother to remove at the tap. So I unscrew the end of my faucet using the adjustable wrench.

Step 9 - I recover the aerator

It is very precious. It is thanks to him that tap water does not splash us and some also have an economizer function. Often loaded with lime, I have to clean it before replacing it, accompanied by a new seal.

Step 10 - I clean the aerator

The aerator deserves some care, but it is often overlooked. The ideal is to soak it overnight in a glass of white vinegar and repeat the operation once a year. For an even more complete cleaning, I can then scrub it with a toothbrush to remove the last traces of lime.

Step 11 - I replace the aerator and the seal

All you have to do is screw the tap back in with its descaled aerator and its new seal.

Step 12 - I switch on the water supply

It's time to turn on the water supply and check my installation. By running a little water, I check if the joints have been placed correctly.


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  2. Sinley

    What impudence!

  3. Tudor

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