How to Replace a Basin Tap
An easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to replace a basin tap. From the modern to the traditional, basin taps are available in a wide range of styles to suit any bathroom. Replacing an old basin tap with a stylish new one, provides a simple yet effective way to give your bathroom an update. The majority of basin taps now incorporate ceramic disc technology to prevent leaks and drips, so you can be assured you new tap will last for many years.
Step 1. Turn the water supply off
Before fitting your new basin tap, you will need to turn the water supply off from the mains supply. Next, run the hot and cold taps in your home until all the excess water has drained, and ensure the taps remain in the open position.
Step 2. Remove the old basin tap
You can now remove the old basin tap. You will need to get under the basin and unscrew the nut that secures the sink to the tap. Once removed, pull the old tap away from the basin and disconnect the pipe work.
Step 3. Fit the new basin tap
Connect the threaded post to the tap and feed into the tap hole, so the tap sits on the top of the basin. If a washer is included or required, then make sure it’s fitted snugly. The nut can then be screwed tightly on to the threaded post.
Step 4. Connect the plumbing
The flexible connectors can then be screwed into the tap. Connect the flexible connectors to the copper pipes, with a compression fitting in-between to keep the pressure between the two pipes regulated.
So, by now your tap should be gripped on to the basin, and the water pipes fed directly from the wall to the new pipes. Double check the connections are tight and secure.
Step 5. Turn the water supply back on
You can then switch the mains water supply back on. If there’s any air that’s backed up in the tap or pipes, it will be forced through, followed by the water, and if this air rushes through when the tap is closed, it could cause damage. Make sure the tap is open when the water supply is turned back on. Your new basin tap is now ready to use.
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Selecting the right style of basin tap is just as important as installing it correctly. Choose brassware that goes well with the overall style of the bathroom, for instance, a wall mounted mixer complements minimalist and contemporary bathrooms. Similarly, you can pair a tap with a wall-hung basin if you want to make a narrow bathroom look and feel more spacious.
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DIY is a great way to save time and money, however to avoid disappointment, invalidating your warranty, and potential injury we recommend hiring a trained professional. This guide on how to replace a basin tap is for your information only and if you do decide to be bold and try it, we cannot be responsible for any outcome.
Hi, I’m Liz, an interiors blogger. My main focus area is the bathroom, where I aim to inspire anyone who’s planning and designing a new bathroom – you’ll find plenty of tips, how-to guides and a wealth of ideas!