Troubleshooting Common Wall Mount Faucet Installation Problems
Wall mount faucets are very popular, but there are quite a few different common installation problems. Learning about these common installation problems now will save time when you're installing your own wall mount faucet.
Fitting the Faucets
As the faucets are mounted on the wall, rather than on the top of the basin, the pipes will need to run further up the wall. To do this, a channel will need to be chiseled into the plaster and the pipes hidden behind. The wall mount tap can then be mounted on the wall as normal. Never re-plaster the wall until you've checked that the pipe works properly. This will save a lot of effort and wasted work, should you ever have to correct the pipe work.
One of the common problems that most people have when installing any tap is the process of bending the hot and cold water pipes. To do this, you can either invest in a pipe bender, or you can use a pipe bending spring to keep the shape of the pipe while you manually bend it. When installing wall mounted pipes, there is often a need for tight bends. To accomplish this, either use flexible fittings or a pipe bender.
No Fittings behind Plaster
When plastering pipes behind walls, it's important not to put any connection fittings behind there. Extend the pipework slightly so that all connections take place either above or below the plaster. This means that anywhere there is likely to be a leak will be easily accessible should you ever have a problem.
Choosing Type of Faucet
Before doing any of the work on your wall mount faucet, it's important to first choose the type of faucet that you will be using. Different faucets will need the pipes in different locations to be connected properly. Buy the faucet and check that it will fit where you want it. Then you can work out where the pipes need to go, so you can minimize any potential problems.
If the faucet is leaking or continuously running after being fitted, it's probably because the washer is missing. The washer is a piece of rubber which is used to stop the flow of water and to seal the faucet. If the washer is damaged or missing, this will make the tap unable to switch off. If you're reusing an old faucet, this could also be due to corrosion on the surfaces inside of the faucet seat.
When you turn the water back on, you might experience leaks from any of the joints. If this is the case, you must switch the water back off and attend to the leaks. The problem could simply be because of the connection not being tight enough. It could also be a result of using the wrong or damaged fittings.
Spending time learning these issues should make it possible to avoid the common problems encountered when installing a wall mount faucet.