We are replacing a bath. The existing copper water pipes are 22mm. We were expecting the pipes to be 15mm. We now intend to reduce the 22mm to 15mm pipes and then to taps - is this okay? Or are bath taps supposed to be fed by 22mm pipes?
Apologies if this is a daft question.
depends on the taps and the system
are the taps for high pressure or low
the system you have is it a combi or gravity system
lets assume you have a gravity system,ie a hot water tank and a cold water tank in the loft and the taps you have bought are for high pressure system chances are you will be disapointed with the preformance of the taps
can you get come back with more info
in almost all cases bath taps are 22mm. as 'busy' says it is to provide volume so you don't wait an age for you bath to fill. you'll probably find that the taps you buy will be three quarter inch as well. you can get half inch bath taps but i'd stick with the 22mm pipework.
Thank you for all of your replies.
At the moment I have a gas boiler (Potterton) and a hot and a cold water tank. The water pressure for the old 22mm pipes bath taps was grand. I hear what you say about losing pressure when 15mm pipes is used for a gravity fed system.
At some point in the future I was thinking about changing over the boiler as it looks really old and I would rather change it before it conks out. However, don't know when that will be so we might keep the 22mm bath tap connection and then change over to 15mm whenever we fit a combi.
Please advise if there is anything else that i am missing...
Message to htg engineer,
Whats the reason for switching to 15mm pipes for the bath if you have a combi boiler?
Will it give better pressure?
Reason for question is we have cold water fed from cold water tank into bathroom and installed a combi lasy year so hot water is also now fed up through same pipes (22mm) to bath taps which is also a shower mixer tap.
The shower is always very hot and it appears that the hot water has more pressure than the cold because if we open basin cold tap after a shower the water in the is hot for a few seconds?
All I'm talking about here is the DHW pipework, not the central heating flow and return.
Flow rate and pressure are different factors, you can have a good flow rate, but with poor pressure, and good pressure but poor flow rate.
1 metre of 22mm pipe holds 0.32 litres of water.
1 metre of 15mm pipe holds 0.145 litres.
This cannot be increased, so 22mm pipe holds more than twice as much water as 15mm.
The combi boiler mains cold water will be fed by a 15mm pipe, so connecting to a 22mm pipe on the outlet, firstly it will take longer for all the cold water lying in the pipe to clear so running off litres of cold water before getting warm water - then eventually hot water. And you will be losing of heat.
Abit of an exaggeration, if you had a 10cm straw connected to a tap and 10cm of hose pipe, how long would it take to fill the hose with hot water ? and if flowing through - the hose would never actually fill with water.