Why is my tap dripping?

Ok stupid question I guess, but why is my tap dripping? No matter how tightly I turn it, it continues to drip albeit slowly. What's the problem and how do I solve it?

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Buildingtrades4u
2 Reviews, 100% Positive
the rubber stop inside your tap is warn now try and find another, by the time you have tracked one down and reground the tap , would be cheaper to replace the tap
24th Nov 2015
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The rubber washer needs replacing, simple low cost job
5th Dec 2015
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Js plumbing and heating
8 Reviews, 100% Positive
The seals in tap of gone , ye need to take tap head off and replace the washers
11th May 2016
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London Central Gas
0 Reviews
Because its broke, call a plumber
1st Feb 2016
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Wise Gas Solutions
0 Reviews
o ring washer get damaged time to time
23rd Jun 2016
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EHC-PROPERTIES UK
42 Reviews, 98% Positive
possible damage to a perished seal , which i would recommend using a qualified plumber .
21st Oct 2015
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In The City Maintenance
27 Reviews, 96% Positive
Dependant on the type of tap, it could be the washer or grit stuck on the tap seat causing water to bypass, only thing is it's a minimum one hour call out cost, best change the tap if it's a basic one
1st Nov 2015
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A.L Plumbing
1 Reviews, 100% Positive
have you replaced washer, if yes take a look at it see if any damage, if yes seat may need re grind or new tap.
17th Nov 2015
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It could bevthe washer or ceramic gland depending on the type of tap but needs dismantling to find out
1st Nov 2016
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All builders
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It is broken and must be replaced
16th Nov 2015
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CM Prestige Heating & Plumbing Ltd
10 Reviews, 80% Positive
ceramic-tap-glands it's a tap kit easy to change if you could isolate your water. What the problem the rubbers gone rap not closing fully or it could be scaled up.
16th Nov 2015
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It could be a rubber washer what's in the gland of the tap what has warn down and could possibly just need a new rubber washer if that's not the problem then could mean a new tap but to change the washer you would need to isolate your water and take the head off the tap and unscrew the tap fitting from the tap where you will then see the washer what would need changing.
9th Mar 2016
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Plumbing expert
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if it as a washer traditional type it could be split / damaged needs replacing, if it is a ceramic disc that could be damaged you can get replacements but you need to know the type etc if tap is old fit new ones.
14th May 2017
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The Gas Trade Centre LTD t/a HEAT UK
1 Reviews, 100% Positive
probably just requires a tap washer changing or on the more modern tap the full cartridge would require replacing
21st Jun 2017
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Mac-Electrical Services
10 Reviews, 100% Positive
The rubber washers on the inside of the tap needs changing, its pershied, gone hard clogged with limescale, that is the reason for the continuous drip drip.
20th Apr 2017
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