How To Strip A Reich Caravan Tap
If you own a caravan, you know how important it is to have a properly working tap to provide water for cooking, cleaning, and other essential tasks. Over time, however, your caravan tap may start to show signs of wear and tear, resulting in leaks or inconsistent water flow. Instead of replacing the entire tap, you can save time and money by learning how to strip and clean it. This article will guide you through the step-by-step process of stripping a Reich caravan tap, ensuring that you can restore its functionality and prolong its lifespan.
Gather the necessary tools and materials
Before you begin the stripping process, it’s crucial to gather all the tools and materials you’ll need. This will help you to work efficiently and avoid any unnecessary interruptions. Here is a list of the items you should have:
- Adjustable wrench
- Flathead screwdriver
- Replacement O-rings
- Lubricant (silicone-based)
- Clean cloth or towel
Turn off the water supply
Prior to working on your caravan tap, it’s important to locate and turn off the main water supply. Generally, you can find the water supply near the water tank or inside the caravan storage compartment. Shut off the water supply by turning the valve clockwise.
Remove the tap handle
Using an adjustable wrench or pliers, gently unscrew the tap handle counterclockwise until it comes off. Be careful not to use excessive force, as this may cause damage to the handle or the tap itself. If the handle is firmly attached, applying some penetrating oil can help loosen it. Once removed, set the handle aside in a safe place.
Unscrew the tap cartridge or valve
Next, you need to locate the tap cartridge or valve, which is located beneath the tap handle. Using an adjustable wrench or pliers, carefully unscrew the cartridge in a counterclockwise direction. Take note of the orientation of the cartridge to ensure correct reassembly later. Once loose, gently pull the cartridge out of the tap body.
Inspect and clean the tap cartridge
With the cartridge removed, carefully inspect it for any signs of damage or wear. Check if the O-rings are intact or need replacing. If the O-rings are worn or damaged, replace them with new ones of the same size. Thoroughly clean all parts of the cartridge using warm water and a mild household detergent. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or solvents, as they can cause damage to the cartridge.
Clean the tap body
While the cartridge is out, use a clean cloth or towel to wipe the inside of the tap body. Remove any debris or sediment that may have accumulated. If necessary, use a small amount of the silicone-based lubricant to lubricate the inside of the tap body, ensuring smooth movement of the cartridge.
Reassemble the tap
Take the cleaned and lubricated cartridge and insert it back into the tap body, aligning it correctly with the tap’s handle. Use your hands to tighten it firmly, but avoid over-tightening, as this can cause damage. Screw the tap handle back onto the cartridge, rotating it clockwise until it is securely fastened.
Turn on the water supply and test
Finally, it’s time to turn the water supply back on and check if the tap is functioning properly. Slowly open the valve and observe if any leaks or drips occur. If everything looks good, turn the tap off and wipe away any excess water. Congratulations! You have successfully stripped a Reich caravan tap and restored its functionality.
By regularly maintaining and cleaning your caravan tap, you can prevent costly repairs and ensure the uninterrupted supply of water during your travels. Remember to follow this step-by-step guide and use caution throughout the process. Now you can enjoy hassle-free caravan adventures with a well-maintained tap!