How to repair a ceramic tap, with advice on tap valve fitting, ceramic tap washer repair and ceramic tap cartridge replacement. It is very rare for the ceramic discs to wear out and the need to replace them is even rarer. It is, most often, just a case of dismantling the moving parts and servicing them.
Replacing the washer If it is a ceramic disc valve, you must replace the whole thing with a new one. If it is a valve with a rubber washer, flick off the washer with the end of a slot-head screwdriver. Alternatively, some designs may require you to undo a small nut or screw to release the washer.
Subsequently, question is, what is a ceramic disc in a tap? Back in days of old, taps and shower fittings always used rubber washers to prevent dripping. Ceramic disc cartridges are made with two ceramic discs, each with two holes for mixer taps or one hole for a pillar or two handle tap. One disc is fixed in place whilst the other moves with the tap handle.
Correspondingly, are ceramic disc taps better?
Plumbing connections for ceramic disc are no different to other taps, and with that comes all the ease of a quarter-turn technology, and a more durable, longer lasting tap without those annoying leaks. From a long-term maintenance point of view, ceramic disc taps are much better than normal taps.
What is a ceramic disc tap?
Ceramic disc cartridges are simply two ceramic discs with holes through them. One disc is fixed in place whilst the other moves with the tap handle. When both discs are in alignment, the water is allowed to flow through the tap. When they are no longer aligned, the water stops.
How does a ceramic tap cartridge work?
A ceramic tap cartridge consists of a valve body holding two discs, each with holes through the middle. In the closed position the holes on the two discs are in different positions and this prevents water flowing through the tap.
How do you change a washer on a shower mixer tap?
Steps Turn off the water at the nearest water valve. Look on the sides of the faucet handles for a small screw. Use a screwdriver to remove this screw and set it aside. Lift the faucet handle off of the escutcheon and set it aside. Look for the screws holding the escutcheon to the wall.
Why do taps drip?
A dripping tap or leaking tap usually means that the tap washer needs renewing, but it can also be caused by a damaged valve seating. If the drip is from a mixer nozzle, then change both tap washers. *Turn off the water under the taps at the service valves or at the mains.