Small tasks, such as replacing your bathroom faucet, may appear scary, but they are actually pretty straightforward; all you need is knowledge. This blog will make it simple to replace your bathroom taps, whether you have a mixer tap, pillar tap, or basin tap. Whether you are remodelling your bathroom or undergoing a total reconstruction, installing new Bathroom Taps should be a straightforward DIY operation so long as you employ common sense and adhere to the clear instructions provided here.
The distinction between pillar and mixer faucets
Mixer Taps are the most prevalent form of basin faucet used in contemporary bathrooms, so you’re probably familiar with them. They utilise a single taphole from which both hot and cold water flow. To provide you better control over the water temperature, mixer taps can be operated by a single lever or two independent taps.
In contrast, pillar taps include two independent faucets, one for hot water and one for cold. Pillar taps are the most popular style of faucet in traditional British bathrooms, where you must choose between washing your hands with hot or cold water, but not both.
Your decision for a new faucet will be based solely on how each of these possibilities looks in your new bathroom, the sort of system you had previously (and are thus accustomed to), and how simple it is to instal each of them.
The tools you will require
To replace your bathroom faucets, you’ll need the new faucets you’re replacing the old ones with, a wrench, a backnut (which is typically included with the faucets), and some elbow grease.
Copper plumbing requires a blowtorch and solder to rejoin the water supply pipes, however this is not usually required.
First, turn off the water supply.
It may sound apparent, but the first step is to switch off the water supply so that the home does not flood while you are working. Once the water has been turned off, open the faucets until the system is completely depleted.
Step two: Remove the old faucets.
Using a wrench, remove the nut that links the faucet to the copper supply lines. If your supply pipes are located beneath your bathtub, they may be difficult to access, but it is doable. To remove the taps, just loosen the nut that connects them to the bathtub or sink.
Step three: Examine your fixtures
After removing your old faucets, make sure to thoroughly clean the area, remove any old glue and grime, and inspect the quality of your pipes, fittings, and joints. This is to guarantee that the fittings you are attempting to attach your new taps to are not damaged.
At this stage, it is essential to ensure that the fittings for your new faucets are compatible with the existing plumbing. Depending on the disparity, you may require an adapter. Plastic fittings may require a pipe connection, whereas a monobloc tap (with a single spout) requires a reduction coupler.
Step four: attach the new faucets to the connections.
Now is the time to attach the new faucets to the connections. Place the washers between the tap and the bath or sink’s surface before inserting the taps into the holes. This is when the provided backnut comes into play. Use this to tighten the pipes before connecting the faucet.
Fifth step: attach the connections to the pipes.
After connecting the faucets, you must connect the supply pipes. With copper pipe or push-fit plastic fittings, this is achievable. As previously noted, you will need a blowtorch and solder to join the lengths of copper pipe used to reconnect the water supply pipes. A plumber can help to change a tap washer if this is too bothersome.
Sixth step: Secure everything
To keep your new pipes from leaking, you must finally tighten everything, including the main nut under the sink.
Step seven: Reconnect the water supply.
To complete your good job, turn the water back on and softly run the faucets. Examine the connections and the faucets themselves carefully for any signs of water leakage. Remember that even the tiniest trickle can cause damage over time, so if a leak is discovered, tighten the nuts and connections and try again.