How to save water one leaky tap at a time

2017-03-15 08:23
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DID you know that South Africa is one of the top 30 driest countries in the world with an average rainfall of less than 500 millimetres a year?

This is 360 millimetres less than the world’s average.

The major droughts caused by the lack of rainfall have resulted in water restrictions around the country.

It is not all doom and gloom though. The good news is that you, together with Builders, can do something to manage water consumption and make a difference, starting with something as simple as your taps.

Leaking taps can waste up to 30 litres of water per hour, which is why reporting any dripping/leaking taps, pipes and toilets to maintenance as soon as you notice a problem will go a long way in putting a stop to wastefulness.

If you are the type that likes doing your own handy work, Builders have compiled a few easy steps to ensure that those leaking taps are soon a thing of the past.

You will need:

  • Shifting Spanner
  • Cloth
  • Screwdriver (old one)
  • Water pump pliers
  • Washer and jumper unit, or washer and set
  • Scouring pad

When you have all the necessary tools at your disposal, it is time to get to work:

1. Remove the cover to expose the screw which holds the handle of the tap in place and unscrew it to remove the handle.

2. Cover the nose of your spanner with tape so it doesn’t scratch the finish on your tap.

3. Using a spanner, undo the nut around the headpiece assembly, holding the tap body firmly to prevent it from turning on the basin (which could cause other leaks).

4. Remove the washer and unscrew the nut using water pump pliers. Give the whole assembly a rub with a scouring pad to remove any debris sitting on the thread.

5. Fill in the new washer, place the jumper back in the headpiece assembly and replace this in the tap body. Tighten it in place with a spanner.

6. Refit the handle and tighten. Before opening the tap, see if the leak has stopped, then test to see if water comes out of the tap.

With these six simple steps courtesy of Builders, you are playing a part in leaving a sustainable legacy for future generations. No matter how small you might think your contribution is, it counts.

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