When it comes to home renovations, upgrading your tapware is a small change that can make a big impact. Whether it’s in the bathroom, kitchen or laundry, installing new tapware can instantly elevate the aesthetics and functionality of these spaces. However, for many homeowners, the thought of tackling tapware installation can be daunting.

Fear not! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the process of installing tapware with ease, ensuring a smooth and successful upgrade for your home.

Things to consider before installing tapware

While installing tapware is considered one of the easiest plumbing jobs to DIY, there are a few things that you should consider before embarking on this project:

  • Tapware Age and Type: Older tapware may be more challenging to remove and could require additional tools or techniques. Similarly, different types of tapware (e.g., mixer taps, pillar taps, wall-mounted taps) may have varying installation requirements.
  • Plumbing Damage: Installing new tapware can sometimes reveal underlying plumbing issues, such as corroded pipes or worn-out seals. Before proceeding with installation, inspect the surrounding plumbing for signs of damage or deterioration. Addressing any plumbing issues beforehand can prevent leaks and ensure a smooth installation process.
  • Compatibility: Ensure that the new tapware is compatible with your existing plumbing configuration and sink or countertop design. Check the dimensions and specifications of the new fixtures to ensure a proper fit and alignment with the existing connections.
  • Risks and Challenges: Installing tapware, especially in older homes or properties with complex plumbing systems, can present certain risks and challenges. These may include unexpected leaks, difficult-to-reach fittings, or unforeseen obstacles during installation. Be prepared to troubleshoot potential issues and seek professional assistance if needed.
  • DIY vs. Professional Installation: Consider your level of plumbing experience and confidence in tackling the installation task. Hiring a licensed plumber ensures compliance with local building codes and regulations and can provide peace of mind knowing that the job is done correctly.

By carefully considering these factors before installing tapware, you can ensure a successful and hassle-free upgrade that enhances the functionality and aesthetics of your bathroom, laundry or kitchen space.

Step 1. Choosing new tapware

Before you can even start thinking about the installation process, you need to buy your new tapware. From traditional designs to sleek modern styles, tapware comes in various shapes, sizes, and finishes to suit every taste and preference. Whether you’re looking for bathroom tapware, kitchen tapware, laundry tapware, or specialty tapware for specific areas, there’s a wide range of options to choose from.

Browse our range of high-quality tapware for bathrooms, kitchens and laundries at Everhard Industries. We have all kinds of classic and modern taps and mixers to help enhance your wet areas.

Step 2. Preparation

Once you’ve chosen your perfect tapware it’s time for the prep work. The key to a successful tapware installation is proper preparation. Start by gathering all the necessary tools and materials, including wrenches, screwdrivers, plumber’s tape, and silicone sealant. To ensure a smooth installation process it’s best to have everything you need close by.

Next, turn off the water supply to the area where you’ll be installing the tapware and open the existing taps to drain any remaining water from the pipes. Shutting off the water and draining any remaining water will help prevent any leaks or accidents, keeping you and your room dry throughout the process.

Step 3. Remove the old tapware

Disconnect any water supply lines and loosen the mounting hardware to detach the old tapware from the sink or countertop.

If you’re replacing existing tapware, you’ll need to carefully remove the old fixtures first. Use a wrench to disconnect any water supply lines and loosen the mounting hardware to detach the old tapware from the sink or countertop.

Step 4. Check your plumbing

Once the taps are detached, clean the area thoroughly to remove any remaining adhesive or dirt. This is also a good time to check the condition of your pipes, fixings and joints.

If any repairs or replacements are required you can do them while the water is off and your taps are disconnected. It’s also important to double-check that the fittings on your new tapware will work with your existing pipework. If there are any discrepancies, you will need to get an adaptor.

Step 5. Install new tapware

Once any necessary repairs or adjustments have been made, you can install your new taps. Start by carefully aligning your new taps into the existing holes in the bath or sink with the washers between the tap and the surface. You can then attach the tapware with the included nuts.

Once the taps are attached, you can then connect the supply pipes. It is best to just tighten each end by hand until the position is correct and you know the water will flow through without any issues. Once you are satisfied with the plumbing you can tighten each end with a wrench for a water-tight seal.

Step 6. Seal and finish

Once the tapware is securely in place, apply a bead of silicone sealant around the base of the taps to prevent water from seeping into the surrounding area. Use a damp cloth to remove any excess sealant and ensure a clean finish.

Step 7. Test for leaks

Once everything is tight and sealed, you can turn the water back on and run the new taps. It’s important to be gentle at first though, just turn them a fraction to begin with, you don’t want to put too much pressure on them too quickly.

While running the water, check around the connections and taps for any leaks; even the smallest drip can lead to extensive damage, so be thorough. If you do detect a leak, try tightening the connections. Unfortunately, if this doesn’t stop the leak you may need to start the process again or call a professional plumber to complete repairs.

Maintenance and care

Now that your shiny new tapware is installed, it’s important to keep it looking and functioning well for years to come. Regularly clean the fixtures with a mild detergent and water to remove any buildup or residue. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals, as these can damage the finish and impair the functionality of the tapware.

Ensure seamless tapware installation

Upgrading tapware is a simple yet effective way to enhance the look and functionality of your bathroom and kitchen. By following these easy steps, you can confidently tackle tapware installation and enjoy the benefits of stylish and reliable fixtures in your home for years to come.

If you’re looking for new tapware to enhance your wet areas, check out our extensive range of kitchen, laundry and bathroom tapware at Everhard Industries.