Hot or Cold Outside Taps – Supply and fit
If you’re looking to have a new outside tap fitted for your garden, then you’ve come to the right place! I have fitted over 600 to date!
With the recent sunshine (at the time of writing this 🙂) setting us in the mood for more Summery activities, we think about the things that can be achieved by having an outside tap on your home.
Whether it’s watering the flowers or washing the car, there are so many things that can be done with an outside tap that just isn’t possible without it!
On ALL my installs I advise customers of two methods to ensure that the tap does not freeze and ultimately become damaged.
The first is that they can turn off the isolator which I install on all outside taps.
Then open the outside tap to drain off the water so that it cannot freeze.
The second, and highly recommended, is to get a cover for the tap.
This stays on all the time when not in use and “helps” keeps the tap from freezing.
Whenever someone contacts me saying they have a dripping tap or it does not flow properly when turned on, 99% of the time the tap had been exposed to low temperatures and frozen.
This in turn has caused damage to the internal parts of the tap.
Unfortunately, there is no alternative but to replace the tap.
This service is available via my booking page.
(Save yourself some money – Get A Cover!)
It is important that you know where your stopcock is that shuts off the water to your home. If for no other reason you should know where it is in an emergency.
But I will need to know where it is and it must be full operational for me to be able to do the job – please test if possible.
After installing over 600 outside taps I have been asked a number of questions.
The short answer is YES. You need a Hot & a COLD outside tap.
Furthermore they need to be within a reasonable proximity to each other. It is no good having one tap on the back of the house and the other on the front for example.
I can, in most cases install one or both of these taps if you do not currently have either of them.
NEW: If you are looking for a THERMOSTATICALY controlled tap I have a new service you may be interested in.
Check out “My Dog Shower” here – Outside Dog Show
These are great for cleaning your dogs outside BUT also great for such things as filling hot tubs as it is quicker and more cost effective to use warm/hot water than trying to heat cold water using electric. And what about cleaning the car and paddling pools etc. etc.
I have tried to keep the price as low as I can based on the cost of (ever increasing) parts and taking into account my labour costs.
The price is currently £70 - Supplied and Fitted
If you want a HOT water tap its the same price. WARNING – HOT Means HOT and it is NOT thermostatically controlled !
HOT WATER CAN & WILL SCALD.!!!
If you would like two taps fitted at the same time and same property it would be £130
Well as I say, and make it very clear when I am installing an outside hot tap – They are HOT !
Sounds obvious but if it is not temperature controlled then, just like it would inside the house it can, and will scald!! So if you are planning on using it for washing the dog you need to be able to control the temperature.
Now there is a way to sort of mix the hot and cold using a hose pipe and joining them together. BUT, this does not “control” the temperature. It just mixes the water. It can be very difficult to maintain a proper mix to maintain anything close to a suitable temperature using this method.
Also, another reason is that if you just use the hot tap to fill the pool or jacuzzi for example, you run the risk of damaging your hose pipe, especially the newer non kink flexi hoses. These can be damaged at too higher temp.
These are great for cleaning your dogs outside BUT also great for such things as filling hot tubs as it is quicker and more cost effective to use warm/heated water than trying to heat cold water using electric. And what about cleaning the car and paddling pools etc. etc.
I do NOT use these outside tap kits!
IF they do seem to work on installation you are running the risk of issues down the line – That’s a Guarantee not just an opinion!
The screw on pipe cutter make a tiny hole which means you will not get best water pressure.
This hole makes a flap of metal which often closes after time. The other thing that quite often happens is the hose pipe splits. IF you are luck you are around to switch of the mains.
YES – Using a regulation Double Check Valve all brass tap – The check valve is used to prevent a back flow of water re entering the mains system (as per Water Regs) Many other people do not use these, to cut costs. SO be mindful of this when looking at price.
A check valve is not to prevent freezing!
My installs Include a quick-fit connector to allow for easy hose connection. A quick-fit connector, also sometimes known as a Hozelock connector, is basically just something that goes on the end of the tap so that you can easily connect your hosepipe to. Many other fitters fail to supply one of these. (be mindful of this when comparing prices Which means you may need to go out and purchase one.
There are so many different uses that you may have for an outside tap. We’ve found that it’s just a nice option to have rather than having to scramble a DIY fitting on the kitchen tap which ends up spraying water everywhere.
Outside taps can be fitted to any wall that has access to a water line in your home. The most common place for an outside tap is usually outside of the kitchen window since the sink is placed behind the wall, giving access to the rising main. This gives you easy access to the tap as well as a nice high-pressure since it’s coming from the mains. If this isn’t the way your home is arranged then our plumbers can figure out other options to move forward.
British Standards state that any outdoor tap must have check valves installed. It’s the check valve that ensures that water can only flow one way which is from the mains. This is to avoid any contaminated water getting back into the main water supply, possibly tainting the rest of the water supply. Since the outside tap is close to the garden, dirt & other contaminants are able to get into hoses/piping which could return into the mains without a check valve.
If you require a tap that does not quite fit the “normal” location for usual fitting then get in touch. As you can see here from the photos of a couple of my other installs there may be a way I can help. Please send me details before booking so I can assess and quote accordingly.
Tameside Handyman tackled a unique challenge today, installing an outside tap at a Hyde dance studio located in an old industrial building.
Despite the absence of a ground floor water supply, I navigated through existing wires and utilised a flexible pipe. I addressed freezing pipe concerns with a new product that requires no additional insulation and can withstand temperatures down to -50°C.
And with the addition of an isolator valve to ensure the neighbours don't make use of their shiny new tap.
The customer's satisfaction brought great pleasure. Tameside Handyman, always ready for distinctive projects!
I supply and fit these outside taps and plumb them into the pipework. I do not use the “kits” with a hose pipe and that screw into the pipe. I will not use them as they are inferior to plumbing in properly.
A Multi-skilled handyman
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|Double Lever Control
|Gravity Fed Systems
|Suitable for Gravity-Fed Systems
|Height To Spout
|Hose Bore Size
|Supplied with Flexible Tap Connector
|10 Year Manufacturer’s Guarantee (T&Cs Apply)
|Maximum Bar Pressure
|Minimum Bar Pressure
|Pieces in Pack/Case
|Suitable for High & Low Pressure Systems
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