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How to change a kitchen tap (A Quick Guide )

by Elena M 04 Jan 2024
How to change a kitchen tap (A Quick Guide )

Introduction : How to Change a Kitchen Tap 

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on How to change a kitchen tap! Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or a homeowner looking to save on plumbing costs, this guide is designed to walk you through every step of the process.

Changing a kitchen tap might seem daunting, but with the right tools and a bit of know-how, it's a task you can accomplish with confidence.

Understanding the Basics of Kitchen Taps

Before diving into the process, it's important to understand the different types of kitchen taps. There are primarily two kinds: monobloc and pillar taps. Monobloc taps have a single spout with a mixer to combine hot and cold water, while pillar taps feature separate spouts for hot and cold water. Knowing which type you have is crucial for a successful replacement.

Preparing for the Task

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Choosing the Right Tap

Your journey begins with selecting the right kitchen tap. Consider factors like the size, style, and functionality. 

Do you prefer a pull-out spray tap for convenience, or is a traditional style more in line with your kitchen's aesthetic? 

Also, ensure the tap you choose is compatible with your water pressure system.

Gathering Tools and Materials: 

  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Basin Wrench
  • Plumber's Tape
  • Cloth
  • Sealant (optional)
  • Safety First: Turn off your water supply before beginning. This is usually done at the mains or via isolation valves under the sink. Also, turn on the tap to release any residual water and pressure in the pipes.

    The Removal Process

    Disconnecting Your Old Tap: Start by disconnecting the water supply to your old tap. This might require some maneuvering under the sink with your basin wrench. Remember to keep a cloth or bucket handy to catch any dripping water.

    Removing the Tap: Once the water supply is disconnected, you can start removing the tap itself. This might involve loosening nuts and bolts that hold the tap in place. Take your time and be gentle to avoid damaging your sink.


    Installing Your New Tap

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    1.Preparing the New Tap: Before installation, it's a good idea to wrap the threads of your new tap's tailpieces with plumber's tape. This helps create a water-tight seal and prevents leaks.

    2.Positioning the Tap: Carefully feed the tap's tailpieces through the designated holes in your sink. Make sure it's aligned correctly and that any gaskets provided are in place to prevent leaks.

    3.Securing the Tap: Under the sink, you'll need to secure the tap in place. This usually involves tightening nuts onto the tap's tailpieces. Ensure the tap is positioned correctly above before fully tightening. A basin wrench is particularly helpful here for those hard-to-reach places.

    4.Reconnecting the Water Supply: Reattach the water supply lines to the tap's tailpieces. Make sure these connections are secure but avoid over-tightening, as this can damage the pipes.

    5.Final Checks: Turn the water supply back on and check for any leaks around the tap and connections. A good practice is to let the water run for a minute to clear any debris in the pipes.

    Troubleshooting Common Issues

    1.Leaks at the Base of the Tap: If you notice water leaking from the base, it could be an issue with the gasket or sealant. Ensure the gasket is properly placed and consider applying a silicone-based sealant for extra protection.

    2.Uneven Water Flow: This could be due to trapped air in the pipes. Running the water for a few minutes should resolve this. If the problem persists, check for any kinks in the supply lines.

    3.Dripping Tap: A persistent drip could indicate that the tap's washer or cartridge needs adjusting or replacing. This is more common in older taps but can happen with new installations if components are not aligned correctly.

    Final Touches for a Professional Finish 

    Cleaning Up: After your installation is complete and you've confirmed there are no leaks, take the time to clean up any residue or fingerprints on your new tap. This leaves your kitchen looking pristine and your handiwork professional.

    Testing the Tap: Spend a few minutes testing the different functions of your new tap, especially if it has features like a pull-out spray or different flow settings.

    Disposing of the Old Tap: Consider recycling your old tap. Many metal components can be recycled, helping the environment.


    Congratulations! You've successfully installed a new kitchen tap, saving on plumbing costs and gaining valuable DIY skills. Learning how to change a kitchen tap opens doors to more home improvement projects. Keep exploring  our blogs at Gold Bathroom UK

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