You could call in a plumber to change a set of taps for you, but it is quite a simple job to do yourself, and changing a set of taps can make your bathroom look modern and clean, also your kitchen, especially with the modern style chrome taps that you can buy these day. Dependant upon how the taps have been installed, old ones can be troublesome to remove, especially If they have been set in by putty. Always make sure you are in good light so you can see what you are doing, and get comfy if you have to lie on your back – all tactics a normal plumber would use.
To Start – make sure you fully switch the water off so there are no uneccessary releases of water when you take the taps off. Always check the type of taps you are buying aswell, as nor all are compatible for low pressure systems used in the UK which use a tank in the loft, so make sure you ask the plumbing expert wherever you buy your taps from.
When you remove the old taps, check that the water if shut off completely, as its not easy working with taps that are leaking water. Take your spanner and inscrew the tap connectors and nuts under the sink. If the taps turn at the same time as you twist them, ask somebody to hold them still so you can successfully unscrew the taps – again, normal for a plumber.
When unscrewed, take the old taps off completely.
Fitting new taps
Firstly, clean the area around the taps, including removing any sign of rust. Install the new taps by firstly putting them through the hole in the basin, hot on the left and cold on the right – don’t forget this bit! Screw the taps in as you unscrewed the old ones, ensuring that all washers are connected properly so the taps don’t leak at all.
Make sure all taps are turned off once installed, turn the water back on and test the taps gently to ensure that water doesn’t rush out of anywhere it shouldn’t.
Here you go – you have a brand new set of taps installed in your home without the need to call out a plumber. If you don’t feel confident enough to replace the taps yourself, your local plumber will do so for a small fee, most likely around £50, so don’t attempt to install the taps if you don’t feel confident enough ,as it could end up costing you more money and causing you more pain than good.