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! 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!
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.
After installing over 500 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.
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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.
In other words you do not need to be qualified or be specific trade or person to do so.
Whether they are capable or competent is a different matter.
Also worth considering when you see some dubiously low prices advertised….
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.
Another word about push fitting – SO this is something that may or may not be of any interest to you and feel free to skip this section. I often get people (plumbers mainly) arguing the toss about using push fitting. Rest assured these are absolutely perfect for this job.
There is only a small minority of plumbers and other individuals who like to go on about the use of these fittings and their reasons are varied included but not limited to – Being just old school traditionalist who only use copper. They do not realise that the pressure rating is MORE than adequate for a domestic environment. They simply do not know even how to use them. Or they just like to have a dig and a moan.
For your information –
Push fit fittings are now very common, yet some people do distrust them. A pushfit fitting was pressure tested on a piece of copper pipe to almost 50 bar (724 psi) before it failed. So for all the people that do not trust push fit fittings you can be certain that they can hold considerably more pressure than you would ever get in a domestic plumbing situation. (Domestic pressure Min approximately 14 psi or 1.0 bar but can rise to about 5 or 6 bar in some places)