If you’re planning a bathroom renovation or installing a new washroom or shower room, then you’ll be looking at options for your new bathroom taps. You may notice the design options are endless. The most recent type of basin tap is the wall mixer tap.
The ease and convenience of using a wall mixer tap lends itself perfectly as to why you should consider installing one in your bathroom. You can more precisely control the temperature of the water in your bath and basin which reduces the chance for accidental scalds. It’s also the more water conscious choice, usually requiring less water to land on the perfect temperature than the conventional two tap water adjustment.
However, there are few things you’ll need to consider if you’re switching from the conventional 3 piece tap set up to a wall mixer tap.
A 3 piece tap consists of two handles - your hot and your cold water tap - and a spout or outlet. A wall mixer has one spout or outlet and the hot and cold water streams are mixed with a lever or pin handle. This is plumbed behind the wall at your basin or bath so if you are moving from a 3 piece tap to a wall mixer tap, your plumbing will need to be adjusted by a licenced plumber. Your plumber will need to access the plumbing behind your wall which means that not only will your labour costs likely increase, you will also need to replace the section of wall removed and possibly re-tile the entire area. It’s always best to consult with a licenced plumber and request that they explain everything they will need to do to replace your current 3 piece tap and quote you a likely costing.