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Find out more about wall-mounted bath­room taps

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Stream­lined and easy to clean, mod­ern wall-mounted taps keep the bath and basin sur­face clear for a sleek look. Mixer taps come with hot and cold con­trols or a more min­i­mal sin­gle lever. In most cases only the tap han­dles and spout are vis­i­ble, although in some ‘ex­posed’ ther­mo­static bath mix­ers a neat chrome bar con­ceals the work­ings.

WA­TER WORKS

Pipework for wall-mounted taps is most of­ten con­cealed be­hind a stud wall. This makes it sim­ple to ac­cess if any prob­lems arise. Where space is an is­sue, it may also be pos­si­ble to chase the fix­ings and pipework into a solid wall.

Be­fore buy­ing, ask a plum­ber to check your wa­ter sys­tem. Many mod­ern de­signs re­quire high-pres­sure taps. A stan­dard grav­ity-fed sys­tem, with a cold-wa­ter stor­age tank and hot-wa­ter cylin­der, calls for low-pres­sure taps – un­less a pump has been fit­ted to in­crease the pres­sure. As­sess the qual­ity of the de­sign at the store, if pos­si­ble, and look for a man­u­fac­turer’s guar­an­tee.

SOLID SUR­FACE

When choos­ing wall-mounted basin taps, check that the spout will ex­tend far enough over the edge of the basin so that wa­ter won’t splash out, but not as far as the cen­tre of the basin, which will make it dif­fi­cult for you to bend your head to wash your face. Sim­i­larly, check the spout length of a bath tap es­pe­cially for a wide-rimmed bath that’s set away from the wall.

Some de­signs come with a hand shower at­tach­ment. Taps for dou­ble-ended baths can be put on the wall above.

Cross­wa­ter Mike Pro basin mixer, £498, The Brighton Bath­room Com­pany

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