Choosing a Tap

Tap Choice.Here is a selection of taps and short description:Mixers.These are two taps with a common spout hence the name mixer. The taps are linked either by a deck block ( flat against the surface ) or a pillar block (which is raised). Many mixers are of a two hole type that fit in a standard two hole sink for hot and cold. A professional plumbing company such as Ashford Plumbers can give first class advice on choice and fitting.The Monobloc Mixer Tap.With one hole inside, the monobloc has a very compact body with the handles and the spout very of the close together. Some designs of this type of tap have narrow inlet pipes. There are designed to fit in bathrooms and the kitchen.Bath/Basin Mixer.Designed so that the hot and cold water can merge together within the mixer body and generally take a feed from the cistern. This type of fitting is not allowed to be fittted to a system that is fed by cold water from the rising main and the hot is fed from a cylinder because if the mains pressure changes, the difference in pressure between the two could easily result in the stored water being fed through suction back into the mains potentially contaminating drinking the water supply.Bath/Shower Mixers.These taps have a control switch that diverts the flow of water from the spout to the shower head. They do not generally provide a strong spray but they can be a useful addition to the bath. All the taps covered here can be fitted by an Ashford Plumbers professionally.Kitchen (mixer) Tap.The spout on this tap has separate channels for hot and cold water because the kitchen cold tap is fed direct from the mains and it is illegal to mix mains cold with hot from a cistern in one filling. The spout usually swivels and should be able to reach both bowls of a double sink, they can also have capstan or lever style handles.

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