How To Replace A Tap In Your Bathroom
One of the easiest ways to update your bathroom, without ripping anything significant out is by replacing your taps. It’s incredible how much of a notable difference they can actually make.
Each tap brings something new to a bathroom, whether it’s the luxury of a waterfall tap or practicality of a mono mixer tap with X-top handles. Once you know the process, they’re very easy to replace. Here’s how to replace a basin and bath tap in your bathroom!
Replacing a Basin Tap
Basins tend to come with tap holes, which ultimately restricts which type of tap you can install. With single tap holes, you cannot install 2 taps and vice versa. This guide will walk you through how to replace a tap on a basin with a single tap hole.
Before you start, don’t forget to isolate the water supply. To test this, turn the tap on and then turn the isolation valve (this should be behind the pedestal) – if you do not have an isolation valve then turn the whole water supply off.
- Reach up and under the basin to unscrew the holding nuts of the already installed tap. You will need a basin wrench to remove the connector nuts (these hold the taps to the pipes) and a cranked spanner to remove the back nuts (which secure the taps to the basin).
- Lift out the old tap. If it does not lift out easily it may be secured with silicon or another kind of putty. Gently tap the bottom of the tap with a mallet until they are loose.
- Make sure the tap hole is now clear of any silicon or putty.
- Put the new tap into the hole and secure them with the provided washers and mounting nuts.
- Reattach the existing pipework or use a flexible tap connector. Turn the tap on and check for leaks.
- If there are no leaks, be sure to give the taps a clean and you're done!
Replacing a Bath Tap
Baths unlike Basins, generally do not come with any tap holes and this allows each person to choose their bath and taps without being restricted to a specific type of tap.
Before you start, don’t forget to isolate the water supply. To test this, turn the tap(s) on and then turn the isolation valve – if you do not have an isolation valve then turn your homes water supply off.
- Once the water supply is turned off, begin to remove the water connection to the bath taps. If the connection is a solid pipe then you may need to cut the pipe and reattached a flexihose later on. If there’s already a flexihose then you should be able to unscrew the connection and pull it away.
- Once the water connection has been cut, unscrew the plastic nut from under the tap. The tap should just lift out – clean around where the old tap was before proceeding.
- Put the new tap in place of the old tap and screw a plastic nut on from underneath (don’t forget the rubber seal!).
- Screw on the flexihose connectors and then turn the water supply back on.
- Test for leaks! If you see no leaks then you have successfully installed your new bath tap.
That's it! You're all done! If you would like to give your bathroom a refresh then take a look at our range of bathroom taps here.
DIY can be a good way to save on the installation costs however, you should always hire a qualified professional to install your products. The above instructions are a guide to the steps involved in fitting and should not be used to attempt full installation without the necessary help or training.