HOW TO CHANGE BATH TAPS – STEP BY STEP GUIDE
Changing your bath taps may seem tricky but getting to grips with some plumbing basics can help make the task seem less of a chore, and something you can achieve easily. If you’re wondering what the difference is between different types of taps, you’ll find an explanation at the end of this guide.
HOW TO CHANGE BATH TAPS
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to remove old taps and change them for new ones. If your bath doesn’t have taps installed, it’s best to call a professional to cut holes in the ceramic for you.
1. Preparation is key! Turn off the water. You can do this at an isolation valve, or if you don’t have one, you’ll have to do this at the main stopcock. Remember to turn on your old tap after doing this to drain all remaining water!
2. Now you need to remove the supply pipes to your old tap.
3. Using a basin spanner, loosen the nut on the tap, and then use it to loosen the backing nut on the base of the tap that secures it to your bathtub. Remove this backing nut.
4. You should now be able to remove the tap, and after you have done so, give the area a good clean and then dry it.
5. Have your new tap at the ready. It is a good idea to tidy up your old tap and its parts before unpacking your new tap for installation – that way you won’t get the nuts or seals confused. Your hot tap will go on the left, your cold tap on the right if installing pillar taps. Check where the tap seal needs to go, place it between bath and tap, and then place the new tap in the tap hole. Make sure your tap is 90 degrees to the rim of your tub. Finally, screw the backing nut on by hand, and then tighten it using the basin spanner.
6. At this point, you have successfully removed your old taps, and installed your new taps on your bath. You now need to re-connect to the supply pipes – it may be that a professional needs to do this for you. If you are installing a bath/shower mixer tap, you can now attach the hose to the mixer tap.
7. Turn the water back on and test your tap carefully. It is a good idea to have someone ready at the isolation valve or stopcock to turn it off again in case of any leakage.
Bear in mind that whilst this guide has shown you how to change bath taps, it should not be understood as a replacement of professional services! We recommend that you contact a qualified professional to install, and especially to plumb your bathroom fittings.
TYPES OF TAPS EXPLAINED
Pillar taps, mixer taps, and monobloc taps are the three most common taps on the market, but what are their differences?
You’ll probably be familiar with pillar taps from old-fashioned bathrooms, or bathrooms which have purposefully gone for a vintage look. Pillar taps have two separate taps, one for hot water and one for cold and can be used in two-hole baths and basins.
With mixer taps you only have a single spout, but you have separate taps on either side to control how much hot and cold water comes out. These taps are just like pillar taps, other than you just have one spout instead of two! If you are expecting to use your bath taps with a shower attachment, mixer taps are an ideal choice. The Atrio 3-hole Basin Mixer is the perfect choice for a minimalistic bathroom with its streamlined appearance and user-friendly cross handles.
Monobloc taps are perhaps the most modern choice of tap, as they combine the technology of a mixer tap with the classic look of a pillar tap. Monobloc taps have a single lever, which controls both hot and cold water, and just one spout. A great example of a tap with monobloc installation is the Essence Basin Mixer ½” S-Size. This classic model comes with an integrated mousseur and thanks to GROHE SilkMove technology, you can vary water temperature and flow with ease and precision.
What about Bath/Shower Combinations?
If you have a small bathroom, it may be that your shower is incorporated into your bath. Bath/shower mixer taps are just like mixer taps with one spout of water, but also have the ability to switch between the tap outlet and a handheld shower outlet. The flawless Atrio Bath / Shower Mixer ½” looks elegant in any bathroom and also comes with H and C markings that you can push onto the taps so you don’t accidentally get any surprises by turning on the cold tap instead of the hot one, for example.