How To Install A Tap

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Tap installation is effortless and though some taps claim to be easy to install, a person who does not know their way around the plumbing would find it hard to install themselves. In this article, we try to break it down in simple steps to follow, but without prior experience or a perseverance to overcome the learning curve, one might face some difficulties and might even run into some common mistakes made during a tap replacement. To avoid the hassle and have your problem solved in less than an hour, call upon Tap Faucet City Singapore to get the job done for you with confidence. We both supply and install the taps so you can enjoy the 1-stop convenience.



Before you start tap installation, there are tools that are required to prepare:

  • Measuring tape: Will be used to measuring the distance between the supply lines and the faucet.
  • Silicone: Will join together all the joints in the faucet.
  • Basin wrench: Will help you reach those points behind the faucets that are hard to access and unscrew or tighten anything with ease.
  • Supply lines: If your taps have not been installed decades ago, chances are they may still be an old style of supply line. Get the new, modern supply lines which are foolproof to install and are more durable and hardier. These are also easily installed by tightening it with your fingers.
  • Rotary tool/Oscillating tool: A cutting disc or blade, it is used to cut metal in case the fixtures are too tight to unscrew.
  • Screwdriver: To pry away any stubborn fixtures or unscrew nuts from the faucet body.


Now that you have the tools prepared, here are some things to note before installing your tap. If you are all ready, then let’s go on to the actual tap installation process.



  1. Remove the old faucet

To remove the faucet is to unscrew it from the faucet body. This entails removing the nuts or any other parts attached to the faucet. The pop-up drain must also be removed. If the taps and parts are dispensable, you can consider cutting the nuts and bolts out with a rotary or oscillating tool. Sometimes the faucet has been used for many decades and it has grown stubborn to remove with limescale, mould growth or rusted shut.  This will help in making sure that any unnecessary parts have been removed.



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  1. Mount the faucet with silicone

A good tap brand will usually come with some failsafe to prevent water from collecting between the faucet and the sink. It will be an additional precaution to adhere some silicone caulking around the edges of the tap. The sticky seal will also help to keep your tap faucet in place during installation.

Do take care to wipe off any excess silicone with paper towel and mineral spirits.



  1. Check and upgrade the supply lines

Your supply lines are usually the hardest to install during the tap installation process as one wrong move would lead to a leaking tap. With the present design of tap supply lines, this no longer is an issue. So, if you find that your supply line looks like the ancient model, it is best to upgrade your supply lines and save yourself the trouble down the line.

Ensure that you measure the supply lines using a measuring tape. Measure the underside to determine the length of the supply lines. If the supply lines you bought with the faucets are not enough, you can buy extensions.



  1. Check the loose water tap valves

If the water tap valves are loose, you should tighten them again to prevent water leaks. But take care that if your tighten it too much, then the shutoff valve will remain stubbornly open.



  1. Remove the aerator

The last thing to do is to ensure the aerator of your new tap is removed. This is because that waste debris and minerals may be jostled free when you have been tinkling with the plumbing. When you turn on the water supply next, they will be running out with the water and the aerator would have trapped them, causing a problematic water tap flow.


  1. Check for leaks

Lastly, when you turn on the water supply, check for any leaks around the tap and below the sink. After you are done with the process of your kitchen sink tap or bathroom tap installation, and you are sure that everything is working, you should check for any leaks.

Though there are 6 easy steps to a tap installation, the actual work in itself would be more difficult than said, especially when there is no experience involved.

If you are looking forward to buying taps and also getting tap installation service, contact Tap Faucet City Singapore for a hassle-free experience. Our knowledgeable customer service can help you choose a tap for your bathroom and kitchen and our expert plumbers will promptly install the tap with 100% satisfaction guaranteed.


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