5 Things to Consider when Replacing a Basin Mixer Tap

I have spent most of my plumbing career trying to explain to people what taps do what and how they work. Here is a quick guide of things to consider when choosing your new tap.

Warranty: An old boss of mine used to think he’d hit the jackpot when he found a basin mixer that cost under $20. I must have installed 50 of them before we started getting phone calls to come and fix them all up! A good basin mixer should come with a warranty of at least 5 years but some will go up to 15 years. Rather than pay the plumber twice, spend a little bit extra on something that will stand the test of time.

Handle location: It is easy to look at a tap and think that if it looks good then it will do the job. Unfortunately this is not the case and your new tap could look pretty silly! Remember to turn the handle all the way up, all the way left and all the way right. Look for walls or bench tops that could obstruct the handle from being opened.

Spout location: Do you need a high spout or low spout. Do you need a long spout or a short spout? The last thing you want to do is end up like this!

Swivel: Do you want the spout to stay stationary or do you want it to move left and right? This can be great in tight spaces and helpful for filling up small buckets.

WELS rating: No need to be wasting more water than you have to. WELS ratings (water efficiency labelling scheme) are shown in stars. The more stars the more water you save!

Hopefully this is able to get you in to the shop with a bit more confidence!