There are many different styles and designs of tap ware, shower roses, toilets and vanity units on the market today. Whether you visit a store like Bunnings, Reece or Routleys the choices are endless and the price range can vary a great deal as well. With some entry level tap sets starting at around $100 and other top of the range items heading into the many hundreds of dollars the sky’s the limit. With brands such as Caroma, Posh, Base, Grohe and Dorf on the market it comes down to personal taste and budget.
There are also a few other things to consider when making your selections to go into your bathroom, laundry and kitchen areas. I have listed a few of these below for your help:
1. In the kitchen do you currently have a flick mixer tap?
If yes, then it shouldn’t be too hard replacing this with another flick mixer tap. If you do not currently have a flick mixer style tap and the tap ware is mounted on the wall, the chances are this will require a bit more work to get the hot and cold pipes to a location that allows the new flick mixer to be installed.
2. Does your current tap ware in the bathroom have spindles with washers or spindles with ceramic disc quarter turn taps?
It is always best to try and replace like with like when it comes to the type of spindle you are selecting (unless you are doing a complete makeover of the bathroom and removing all the old pipes). The reason I suggest this is that the existing pipe work was set up to take the type of spindles currently installed and may not suit the different style you are about to introduce. The ceramic disc quarter turn spindles require a nice new housing to seal properly and this cannot always be achieved in older properties. This should not how ever affect the type of tap you select because most manufacturers offer both styles as an option, with the ceramic disc quarter turn always being the more expensive option.
3. What type of shower rose to select?
Are you looking to now buy a shower rose on a sliding rail? If so can this rail be mounted to the wall adequately? And is the location of the old plumbing pipes known? If you have a solid brick house then mounting the rail will not be a problem, it’s just knowing where the old pipe work runs so it doesn’t get drilled through when mounting the rail, and in most cases this isn’t a problem.
4. What type of hot water service do you have installed?
This can affect the shower rose selection also. Do you have a gravity fed Hot Water Service in the roof? Or do you have an Instant Gas Continuous Flow Hot Water System installed? Both of these units will require a shower rose which allows full flow without restriction from a water saver device. In most cases these devices can be adjusted if the rose comes with it factory installed, but it is ideal to select a shower rose which allows full flow.
5. What is the current location of the hot and cold pipes coming out of the wall and waste pipe in your vanity unit?
This is an important thing to consider when selecting your new vanity unit. It is important to make sure that the plumbing points (water and waste) are positioned inside the cupboard of the vanity unit not behind draws as this will not allow the draws to close properly once installed.
6. Are you upgrading the whole toilet suite or just the cistern?
The old toilet pans were manufactured to take anywhere up to 11L of water per full flush, if you are now buying a new cistern without the pan and leaving the old pan in place, it is important to ask if the new cisterns water flushing amount can be adjusted. This due to fact that with the small amount of water the new cisterns now discharge it will more than likely not be enough to move the waste through the old S Trap bend on the toilet.
These are a few of the more common situations which I come across when installing new taps and toilets in my customer’s houses across Adelaide. I will always suggest to my customers that if you are unsure give me a call or send me an email with some pictures of what you currently have installed and what you now want to install, rather than buying the item and then finding it won’t suit your house.
Good luck shopping and I hope to hear from you soon. Aaron at Mayfair Plumbing and Gasfitting.
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Aaron Stewart owns and works in the business of Mayfair Plumbing & Gas Fitting from there offices now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers and design consultants are passionate about there work. In this blog they will bring you plumbing and gas tips gathered from around the globe over 20 plus years of experiences in the many different fields of plumbing. If you are looking for a plumbing firm who can do everything from design, construct, project management and scheduled on site maintenance contact the Mayfair Plumbing Group.