How to Replace a Bathroom Tap

Man Replacing a Bathroom Tap
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The importance of a functional bathroom tap needs no emphasis. 

The valve in an old tap may be worn out or damaged, making it difficult to turn and twist the tap lever or knob every time you use it.

And the problem is that repairing an old tap is not cost-effective.

A functional bathroom tap, however, is easy to use and can help you overcome this vexing issue. There are other advantages of a functional bathroom tap, as well.

For example, a tap with a single lever is simpler to use for young kids, and one with a higher spout will enable you to wash your hair in the washbasin. 

Newer models of bathroom taps use less water compared to older models, and premium models come with an extended warranty.

The common reasons for replacing a bathroom tap include:

  1. Discolouration 
  2. Worn-out internal parts 
  3. Damaged tap lever or knob 
  4. Leaks
  5. Constant dripping 
  6. Outdated style.  

The good news is replacing a tap is a manageable DIY project. This blog article will instruct you on how to do it like a professional plumber.

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Tools and Materials Needed to Replace a Bathroom Tap

Tools and Materials to Replace a Bathroom Tap

  1. New bathroom tap
  2. A flashlight to illuminate the underside of the washbasin
  3. Gloves
  4. Adjustable wrench
  5. Basin spanner
  6. Plumber’s tape (also known as PTFE tape or Teflon tape)
  7. Plunger or bucket (to catch water retained in the pipe)
  8. Towels or rags

How to Replace Bathroom Tap: Step-by-Step

Changing a basin tap is a lot simpler than changing a bath tap. But the same steps are involved in both. 

1. Turn Off the Water Supply and Disconnect the Plumbing

This is the essential step before you start. Shut down the water supply at two points:

  • The valve at the main water supply 
  • The isolation valve located under the sink.

Disconnect the flexible connectors to the water supply. If the old tap has separate hot and cold water pipes, disconnect them.  

Place a bucket under the tap to catch any water that spills during the process. Also, spread a rag around the base of the tap to safeguard the sink from scratches.

2. Remove the Old Tap

Using the adjustable wrench and basin spanner, unfasten the brass (or plastic) nut underneath the basin that holds the tap in place. 

If the nut refuses to budge, don’t use undue pressure. Simply spray WD40 solution on all sides of the nut and wait for a few minutes. You should be able to loosen it now.

3. Install the New Tap

Clean the mounting hole threads with rags. 

Wrap the plumber’s tape around the threads of the new tap to create a watertight seal. Insert it into the mounting hole and turn it clockwise until it’s tight. Take care not to over-tighten it.

4. Connect the Plumbing

Connect the flexible connectors to the water supply.

If you have removed the connections of the hot and cold water pipes, reconnect the supply to the corresponding hot and cold water inlets on the new tap.

5. Turn On the Water Supply

Turn on the isolation valve under the sink and the main water supply valve. Check for leaks at all the new connections and tighten any loose connections if necessary.

6. Test the New Tap

Open and close the tap lever gently to check for precise water flow and temperature control. Check for leaks or dribbles.

Extra Tips on Choosing the Right Replacement Tap

Choosing the Right Basin and Bath Tap

Consider the style of the tap, its finish, and the number of levers or knobs you desire. If you want any additional features or functionalities, look for models of taps that offer them.

To ensure compatibility, it’s best to measure the dimensions of the old tap accurately. Select a renowned brand or model that fulfils your taste and budget.

Our detailed blog post, How to Choose the Perfect Bathroom Taps, will help you choose the right replacement tap. 

Note: Seek professional help if you have a premium bathroom tap with a complex design or if there are chronic plumbing issues or leaks.

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At Bathroom City, our select premium and luxury taps collection showcases traditional and contemporary designs. Regardless of the style and aesthetics of your bathroom, you’ll find the perfect tap.

For more information about the taps in our collection, call 0121 753 0700 or visit our bathroom showroom in Tyseley – Mon to Sat 9:00am to 5:30pm and Sun 10:00am to 4:30pm. 

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