Bathroom

Ross’s Home Discount Centre offers a range of high-quality bathroom cabinets, appliances and accessories. If you have a specific question that is not answered below, please get in contact.

  • Do I need a plumber to replace a bathroom basin?

    If you are replacing a bathroom basin with one that is the same size, you should not need a plumber. However, if you are wanting to change the size or position of the pipes then you should consult a plumber.
    If you would like to discuss bathroom ideas and options for your home renovation project, please visit our showroom in Guildford or get in contact and we would love to talk you through your bathroom project.

  • Do I need a plumber to replace a toilet?

    Yes. A toilet is part of your plumbing system, and needs to be installed by a licensed and qualified plumber.

  • How do I know I’m buying a water efficient bathroom product?

    Australia uses the WELS (Water Efficiency Labels and Standards) star-rating system to indicate a products’ water efficiency and all WELS-rated products will carry the star-rating label. The maximum rating for taps is 6-stars, for showerheads 3-stars and for toilets 4-stars. The more stars a product has, the greater the water efficiency.

  • How much water would our household save by installing a water-efficient toilet?

    Using a water efficient dual flush toilet reduces an average households water usage by around 30,000 to 40,000 litres per annum.

  • What happens if I want to move an electrical switch in the bathroom?

    There are rules and regulations in Australia that govern where switches and outlets can be placed in relation to water outlets. You must use a licensed electrician to carry out the work in accordance with the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000:2007).  Please consult a licensed electrician before embarking on any such work.

  • Is an extractor fan necessary or can I just open a window to get rid of the steam?

    An extractor fan removes steam, moisture and odours quickly and most importantly, prevents the growth of mould. it is therefore more efficient than just opening a window. It is imperative to vent the air to the outside of the house and not into the house anywhere as the moisture may damage the woodwork.

  • What is the benefit of using a mixer tap instead of a separate hot and cold water tap?

    A mixer tap combines the hot and cold water before it reaches the spout and allows you to adjust the water temperature as it flows, rather than adjusting it when it’s already in the basin. Mixer taps don’t have traditional washers that need changing as they use a ceramic disc system to control the water. Mixer taps are also supplied with flexible hoses that make installation much easier than traditional ridged pipes.

  • How do I decide between a freestanding bath or drop-in bath?

    Freestanding baths will add a real wow factor to your bathroom. Freestanding baths often take up more space and if the bath is made of stone, your bathroom floor needs to be strong enough to handle the extra weight. Please note that extra plumbing maybe required to conceal the pipework.
    A freestanding bath usually sits against a wall or as an island. It must be level to ensure it drains properly and be secure enough to support the weight of the water, plus a person.
    We have a huge range of freestanding and drop-in baths to choose from that vary in size and price. We are sure that you have the perfect bath for you and your bathroom.

  • Can I tile over existing tiles?

    Yes, you can. You need to consider the condition of the existing tiles, the additional weight of the new tile and ensure you use the right adhesive. The existing tiles and grouting must be thoroughly cleaned, otherwise the adhesive will not bond. It is also recommended that you remove the glaze off the existing tiles with a sander or grinder for better adhesion.
    We have a range of tiles to choose from and our tiling specialists are on hand to answer any questions

  • Do I need to waterproof the entire bathroom floor or just the shower recess?

    Waterproofing is needed where there’s a water outlet i.e. the shower recess, bath, taps and drains. You need to waterproof your shower recess to a height of at least 2000mm. 

  • Do I need development consent to renovate my bathroom?

    All structural changes need consent which includes making the changes to plumbing, drainage or electrics. A direct replacement of old and worn out fixtures such as taps or bathroom cabinets will not need consent. Please note that these laws vary for each state; so you may want to check with a builder.