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Choosing and Fitting Your Bathroom Taps

October 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Bathrooms, Featured

Bathroom taps can be the finishing touch that creates a well-designed, aesthetically pleasing room, or they can ruin an otherwise functional and attractive bathroom. Taps can be expensive as well, so it is important to put some thought and care into choosing them; do you want a modern or traditional look? Are there any potential users that have specific needs or requirements? You also need to be sure to assess the space and existing fittings before you buy; some basins or baths can only accommodate a specific style or design and you need to consider any nearby cabinets or shelves that may put constraints on your choice.

Before you head out to buy your new taps, have a good look at your bathroom suite. Consider the configuration of the taps you are replacing as a mixer tap with just one base will not fit a sink where two separate taps have been before, or vice versa. If you have a brand new suite check to see if any holes are already cut. Some taps are attached to the wall rather than the sink or bath, if you want this style then check that your pipes can be changed to suit this. Freestanding baths will also require a specific style of tap. Shelves or cupboards above the sink may limit the height available if you are planning on choosing tall swan neck styles.

The amount of pressure in your system is an important consideration as well; taps designed to work under higher pressure will not function correctly on a low pressure system. Cold and hot water pressure both need to be above 1 bar in order for a high pressure tap to work, unless your cold water supply is directly from the mains which is not likely. If you have a pressurised water system, combination boiler or gravity fed system with a pump to increase the pressure then you are likely to have enough pressure. If you have a gravity fed system with no pump you are unlikely to have enough pressure which will restrict your choice of taps as you can only use any taps on a higher pressured system.

Once you have looked at all the practical restrictions, consider the aesthetic choices. You may want to match any existing metal work such as shower cubicles and accessories to your new taps; existing brass fittings won`t look so good with chrome coloured taps. Likewise modern, angular taps will clash with a traditional styled suite. The final consideration is budget; expensive looking taps can make a cheap suite look much more expensive, whereas cheap looking taps can ruin even the most expensive looking bathroom suite, so it is worth spending a little more if you can.

Before you fit your new taps make sure you have everything that you need; screws and other fitting are usually supplied with the taps, but it is best to be sure. Then turn off the water at the mains and drain the system to avoid messy spillages. Check that your taps fit the spaces correctly, drill holes if they are not already there and move pipe where required. Fit the taps and attach them to pipework, making sure they are a secure fit, add isolator valves if you want to for future maintenance. Then turn everything back on and check for leaks; there may be air blocks or a little dirt in the taps so let them run for a minute or so. Then give them a quick polish and enjoy your smart new bathroom!

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