Guide to replacing a basin tap
So we had a call out for a plumber in gosforth early last week - the customer had bought some new taps for the wash basin in the bathroom and decided to try and fit them himself. To cut a long story short he had some flooding and I was called out to fix the problem.
Turns out they forgot to turn the water off! Even though this is the most obvious thing to do - you would be surprised how many people forget! Anyway, this prompted me to put up a quick guide to replacing some taps if you ever feel brave enough to do it! It's actually incredibly easy to do so just follow what I say step by step! and if in doubt please give us a call or post on the blog.
The golden rule
Turn the main water supply water off - you can do this by finding the stop cock and turning it in a clockwise direction to close the valve. There are various types of stop cocks and the locations vary, this is something you should be aware of at all times so its best to find out where it is for future reference even if you don’t plan on any DIY plumbing. But don’t worry, if you have any problems you can always find a plumber in newcastle who'll be able to help.
Remove the old taps
This bit can be tricky as the taps are held in with a large nut. Depending on space constrictions this may or may not be easily assessable and it may require a special plumbing wrench, never try and lodge spanners or other tools behind areas concentrated with pipes - you don’t know what kind of damage you could cause! If you have enough room to access the nut then a standard adjustable wrench should be ample to complete the job - if you find it difficult to loosen the nut just apply a small ammount of WD40 or similar and they taps should loosen off with ease, there may or may not be a extra bolt holding the taps to the basin itself - if so simply loosen and remove this.
Inserting the new taps
Depending on the type of taps you are trying to fit there is a slight difference in the method. For standard single taps simply attach the new taps and reconnect up to the pipes. The taps will almost always come with anti-slip washers that should be inserted under the screw pipes in contact with the bare surface of the basin. Tighten up but don’t over tighten the bolts. If the taps do not come with anti-slip washers you can apply a small amount of silicone to the area to form a watertight seal.
If you are fitting a mixer tap ensure that the holes located on the basin match up with the holes of the mixer unit as sizes can vary. The process for fitting is the same as above just ensure that when putting on the new tap unit that you fit the pipe tails to the tap first before attaching it to the wash basin - as it can proove a nuisance trying to tighten them up the other way round.
Bish Bash Bosh
All done! Before turning on the water supply ensure the tap unit is securely fixed, the anti-slip washers or attached, or you have applied some silicone to the area. Its also a good idea to pour a small amount of water around the area to make sure you have a watertight seal if you have used silicone as sometimes if the area is not clean or free from debris it can leave some small gaps and allow water to get percolate through.
You can now go back to the stop cock and turn it in a anti-clockwise direction until it is fully turned on. Open the taps on and leave running for a few minutes to ensure there are no leaks.
So if alls well you have just successfully inserted some new taps in your washbasin. If you need any assistance just give us a call, or post on the blog we’ll be happy to help. And please remember if you are at in any point in doubt contact a competent plumber to complete the job for you. We cover the whole of the north east and have plumbers in gateshead, plumbers in tynemouth, plumbers in whitley bay, plumbers in cramlington and even plumbers in ponteland. So you can be sure there is always a fully qualified and professional plumber available within your area.
Happy new year everyone!