Wash Basins

Wash Basins

Want to install a wash basin? There are various types of basins ranging in size and function from hand rinsing to surgical use. A standard basin for domestic applications for bathrooms and cloakrooms consists of a bawl soap tray, weir overflow and holes for taps and outlets. It may be supported by cast iron brackets screwed to the wall, a carbel which is an integral part of the basin built into the wall or a floor pedestal which conceals the pipework for water supply through 13mm pillar taps for both hot and cold water. A standard nominal diameter waste outlet with a slot to receive the integral overflow connects to a strap and waste pipe of the same diameter. A plug and chain normally controls outflow but some fittings have a popup waste facility.

Wash Basins

Most basins are made from colored ceramics ware or glazed fireclay. There are also metal basins produced from stainless steel, porcelain, enameled sheet steel or cast iron
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Wash basins, also known as sinks or lavatories, are essential fixtures in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where handwashing or other cleaning activities are performed. Here are some key points about wash basins:

Types of Wash Basins:

  1. Wall-Mounted Basins:
    • Attached directly to the wall.
    • Suitable for smaller spaces and contemporary designs.
  2. Countertop Basins:
    • Placed on a countertop or vanity.
    • Offers a modern and stylish look.
  3. Pedestal Basins:
    • Supported by a pedestal, which conceals the plumbing.
    • Classic and elegant design.
  4. Undermount Basins:
    • Installed beneath the countertop.
    • Creates a seamless look with easy cleaning.
  5. Vessel Basins:
    • Sits on top of the counter.
    • Often bowl-shaped, providing a distinctive appearance.
  6. Console Basins:
    • Supported by legs or a metal frame.
    • Offers an open and airy design.


  1. Porcelain/Ceramic:
    • Common for traditional and contemporary designs.
    • Durable and easy to clean.
  2. Stainless Steel:
    • Resistant to corrosion and staining.
    • Commonly used in kitchens.
  3. Glass:
    • Creates a sleek and modern look.
    • Requires regular cleaning to maintain transparency.
  4. Stone:
    • Marble, granite, or other stone materials.
    • Provides a natural and luxurious appearance.
  5. Composite Materials:
    • Mix of materials like quartz or granite with resin.
    • Offers durability and a variety of finishes.


  1. Single or Double Basins:
    • Single basins are common in smaller spaces, while double basins provide more functionality.
  2. Overflow:
    • Prevents water from overflowing, especially in bathrooms.
  3. Faucet Holes:
    • Number and configuration of holes for faucet installation.
  4. Drain Placement:
    • Center, rear, or side placement based on design and preference.
  5. Depth and Size:
    • Varies based on the type and purpose of the basin.

Maintenance Tips:

  1. Regular Cleaning:
    • Use non-abrasive cleaners to avoid damage to the surface.
  2. Avoid Harsh Chemicals:
    • Some materials may be sensitive to certain cleaning agents.
  3. Fix Leaks Promptly:
    • Address any plumbing issues to prevent damage to the basin.
  4. Soft Cloths:
    • Use soft cloths or sponges to clean to avoid scratching.
  5. Follow Manufacturer’s Guidelines:
    • Adhere to any specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer.
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