Get quotes to fit an outside garden tap

If you are living in a home with an outside space, regardless of whether it is a detached house or a terraced house, an outside garden tap is a useful commodity. The tap opens up a lot of uses from washing a car, using a jet pressure washer to clean decking or slabs and furniture, to watering the garden or even filling up a temporary pool in the summertime.

What are the two main types of garden taps?

An outside garden tap can either be wall-mounted or a freestanding garden tap. Most quick-to-supply-and-fit garden taps are wall-mounted. This does not require too much labour time and you can purchase a brass tap for under £10. All that is needed is for the tap installation to be drilled into the wall and the water connection ‘tapped’ into from the other side of the wall, often coming off where the kitchen mains supply is.

A freestanding tap can be a garden feature as well as serving a use. The feed pipe coming from the ground to the tap can be decorative as well as the tap to suit the pipe it is mounted on. This installation requires the water feed connection to be trenched into the ground running to the location of your choice. 

When you have decided where you want the tap positioned, therefore knowing if your tap will be wall-mounted or freestanding, then consider whether you need the tap lockable (to stop neighbours from accessing the tap). Also you can get creative on what type of handle you want fitted on the tap. The taps can come supplied as a lock-shield key handle, lever handle, cross handle or even decorative handles in shapes of animals or other objects.

How much will it cost to install an outside tap?

The cheapest easiest way for a plumber to fit an outside garden tap, is to have the tap wall-mounted on the outside of a wall where there is a water source to connect to. This could be the outside wall of a kitchen, bathroom, utility room or boiler room. This will reduce the cost to only an hour or two maximum labour time of your chosen plumber as well as the cost of the actual tap. Places like B&Q or Screwfix sell brass outside taps for around £10 and the rest of the kit for fitting the tap also for about £10. This kit will include a double-check valve to protect the drinking water by preventing any backflow of the water.

If you are wanting to install a freestanding tap, this will cost more, as depending on the size of your garden and where you would like the tap positioned, the plumber will have to dig out trenches to lay the supply pipes and lag the pipe to ensure it will not freeze in winter months. Digging the trenches to bury the pipes can be a day or two’s labour on its own without the actual fitting on the tap. Then the cost of a freestanding tap is a lot more, usually starting from a hundred pounds with the majority of the cost being the freestanding watering post rather than the actual tap.

Cost to fit an outside tap

Per

Average cost

Replace a broken tap with a new tap

Per hour

£35

Fit a wall-mounted garden tap outside a kitchen or bathroom wall

Per hour 

£65

Fit a wall-mounted garden tap on a wall with no direct inside water source

Per day 

£300

Fit a freestanding garden tap, burying pipework

Per day

£600

Can you put an outside tap anywhere?

Yes, as long as you are able to run a cold water pipe to the location. Often the easiest way to fit an outside tap is by having a wall mounted tap, where there is a source of water on the other side of the wall, inside the house, like a kitchen sink or even a combi boiler, tapping into the feed pipe bringing the mains water to the boiler.

If you are wanting a feature of a garden tap standing in the middle of a flower bed or at the other end of your garden, away from the house, then you will need to bury some pipework carrying the water feed from the source to that location of your garden and install a freestanding garden tap.

Does an outside tap have to be brass?

A garden tap needs to be able to withstand harsh elements and the vast changing of seasons with a warm UK summer vs a freezing February in the UK. Brass taps with rubber washers are able to handle these extremes. Of course, it is always advisable that during the coldest months of the year, water to the tap is turned off to avoid freezing of the pipes and pipework bursting. If you cannot switch off the water to the tap, then make sure that any exposed pipework is lagged. For the tap, it is recommended to cover it with an insulation cover to protect the tap from the coldest time of year.

Outside taps can also come in chrome, despite being more popular in brass. Chrome and brass taps can come in a variety of finishes including a black finish for a stylish modern black outside tap that would match the gutters and downpipe. Have a look here for some of the best garden taps available.


Estimates for common plumber jobs;

Job Estimate
Cost to fix a leak £240
Cost to unblock a clogged toilet £69
Cost to seal or re silicone a bath or shower £56
Cost to replace toilet float valve £41
Cost to replace a toilet £110
Cost to replace a bath £200
Cost to remove and refit a kitchen sink £110
Cost to replace kitchen mixer tap £151
Cost to install or remove a dishwasher £70
Cost to install a washing machine £70
Cost to replace heating expansion header tank £134
Cost to fit a new bathroom basin £162
Cost to fit an outside garden tap £68
Cost to fit a water softener £110
Cost to fit a macerator £80
Cost to replace a cold water storage tank £130
Cost to fit a boiling water tap £70

Rates for other trades

Fit outside garden tap cost in the UK
Fit outside garden tap cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKFit outside garden tap cost
Fit outside garden tap near Aberdeen£74
Fit outside garden tap near Amber Valley£80
Fit outside garden tap near Angus£72
Fit outside garden tap near Arun£86
Fit outside garden tap near Ashfield£76
Fit outside garden tap near Aylesbury Vale£98
Fit outside garden tap near Barnsley£70
Fit outside garden tap near Basildon£90
Fit outside garden tap near Basingstoke & Deane£108
Fit outside garden tap near Bassetlaw£66
Fit outside garden tap near Bath & North East Somerset£78
Fit outside garden tap near Bedford£96
Fit outside garden tap near Belfast£64
Fit outside garden tap near Birmingham£78
Fit outside garden tap near Blackburn£98
Fit outside garden tap near Blackpool£68
Fit outside garden tap near Bolton£90
Fit outside garden tap near Bournemouth£84
Fit outside garden tap near Bracknell Forest£110
Fit outside garden tap near Bradford£82
Fit outside garden tap near Braintree£88
Fit outside garden tap near Breckland£58
Fit outside garden tap near Bridgend£72
Fit outside garden tap near Brighton£94
Fit outside garden tap near Bristol£74
Fit outside garden tap near Broadland£84
Fit outside garden tap near Broxtowe£76
Fit outside garden tap near Bury£90
Fit outside garden tap near Caerphilly£66
Fit outside garden tap near Calderdale£80
Fit outside garden tap near Cambridge£86
Fit outside garden tap near Canterbury£88
Fit outside garden tap near Cardiff£68
Fit outside garden tap near Carmarthenshire£56
Fit outside garden tap near Charnwood£74
Fit outside garden tap near Chelmsford£88
Fit outside garden tap near Cheltenham£86
Fit outside garden tap near Cherwell£88
Fit outside garden tap near Chester£74
Fit outside garden tap near Colchester£88
Fit outside garden tap near Conway£62
Fit outside garden tap near Coventry£76
Fit outside garden tap near Crewe & Nantwich£70
Fit outside garden tap near Dacorum£102
Fit outside garden tap near Derby£76
Fit outside garden tap near Doncaster£68
Fit outside garden tap near Dover£88
Fit outside garden tap near Dudley£78
Fit outside garden tap near Dumfries & Galloway£70
Fit outside garden tap near Dundee£80
Fit outside garden tap near East Ayrshire£82
Fit outside garden tap near East Devon£66
Fit outside garden tap near East Dunbartonshire£78
Fit outside garden tap near East Hampshire£84
Fit outside garden tap near East Hertfordshire£100
Fit outside garden tap near East Lindsey£70
Fit outside garden tap near East Riding£74
Fit outside garden tap near Eastleigh£84
Fit outside garden tap near Edinburgh£80
Fit outside garden tap near Elmbridge£110
Fit outside garden tap near Epping Forest£110
Fit outside garden tap near Erewash£76
Fit outside garden tap near Exeter£72
Fit outside garden tap near Falkirk£78
Fit outside garden tap near Fife£76
Fit outside garden tap near Flintshire£74
Fit outside garden tap near Gateshead£78
Fit outside garden tap near Gedling£78
Fit outside garden tap near Glasgow£78
Fit outside garden tap near Gloucester£136
Fit outside garden tap near Guildford£112
Fit outside garden tap near Gwynedd£60
Fit outside garden tap near Halton£74
Fit outside garden tap near Harrogate£70
Fit outside garden tap near Havant & Waterloo£80
Fit outside garden tap near Highland£80
Fit outside garden tap near Horsham£100
Fit outside garden tap near Huntingdonshire£86
Fit outside garden tap near Ipswich£120
Fit outside garden tap near Isle of Wight£78
Fit outside garden tap near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£66
Fit outside garden tap near Kingston-upon-Hull£74
Fit outside garden tap near Kirklees£82
Fit outside garden tap near Knowsley£72
Fit outside garden tap near Lancaster£74
Fit outside garden tap near Leeds£84
Fit outside garden tap near Leicester£72
Fit outside garden tap near Lisburn£66
Fit outside garden tap near Liverpool£72
Fit outside garden tap near London£110
Fit outside garden tap near Luton£102
Fit outside garden tap near Macclesfield£70
Fit outside garden tap near Maidstone£86
Fit outside garden tap near Manchester£76
Fit outside garden tap near Mid Bedfordshire£96
Fit outside garden tap near Mid Sussex£100
Fit outside garden tap near Middlesbrough£78
Fit outside garden tap near Milton Keynes£94
Fit outside garden tap near Neath Port Talbot£72
Fit outside garden tap near New Forest£82
Fit outside garden tap near Newbury£112
Fit outside garden tap near Newcastle-under-Lyme£68
Fit outside garden tap near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£76
Fit outside garden tap near Newport£68
Fit outside garden tap near North Ayrshire£76
Fit outside garden tap near North East Lincolnshire£72
Fit outside garden tap near North Hertfordshire£100
Fit outside garden tap near North Lanarkshire£78
Fit outside garden tap near North Lincolnshire£72
Fit outside garden tap near North Somerset£74
Fit outside garden tap near North Tyneside£78
Fit outside garden tap near North Wiltshire£92
Fit outside garden tap near Northampton£94
Fit outside garden tap near Norwich£80
Fit outside garden tap near Nottingham£76
Fit outside garden tap near Nuneaton & Bedworth£74
Fit outside garden tap near Oldham£76
Fit outside garden tap near Oxford£94
Fit outside garden tap near Pembrokeshire£54
Fit outside garden tap near Perth & Kinross£78
Fit outside garden tap near Peterborough£74
Fit outside garden tap near Plymouth£62
Fit outside garden tap near Poole£86
Fit outside garden tap near Portsmouth£78
Fit outside garden tap near Powys£84
Fit outside garden tap near Preston£104
Fit outside garden tap near Reading£108
Fit outside garden tap near Redcar & Cleveland£80
Fit outside garden tap near Reigate & Banstead£112
Fit outside garden tap near Renfrewshire£76
Fit outside garden tap near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£68
Fit outside garden tap near Rochdale£76
Fit outside garden tap near Rochester-upon-Medway£90
Fit outside garden tap near Rotherham£66
Fit outside garden tap near Salford£76
Fit outside garden tap near Salisbury£82
Fit outside garden tap near Sandwell£78
Fit outside garden tap near Scarborough£64
Fit outside garden tap near Scottish Borders£96
Fit outside garden tap near Sefton£70
Fit outside garden tap near Sevenoaks£102
Fit outside garden tap near Sheffield£68
Fit outside garden tap near Slough£104
Fit outside garden tap near Solihull£78
Fit outside garden tap near South Ayrshire£76
Fit outside garden tap near South Bedfordshire£96
Fit outside garden tap near South Cambridgeshire£90
Fit outside garden tap near South Gloucestershire£76
Fit outside garden tap near South Kesteven£78
Fit outside garden tap near South Lanarkshire£78
Fit outside garden tap near South Oxfordshire£96
Fit outside garden tap near South Somerset£62
Fit outside garden tap near South Tyneside£78
Fit outside garden tap near Southampton£82
Fit outside garden tap near Southend-on-Sea£86
Fit outside garden tap near St Albans£104
Fit outside garden tap near St Helens£74
Fit outside garden tap near Stafford£74
Fit outside garden tap near Stockport£76
Fit outside garden tap near Stockton-on-Tees£78
Fit outside garden tap near Stoke-on-Trent£68
Fit outside garden tap near Stratford-on-Avon£92
Fit outside garden tap near Stroud£82
Fit outside garden tap near Suffolk Coastal£126
Fit outside garden tap near Sunderland£76
Fit outside garden tap near Swale£88
Fit outside garden tap near Swansea£70
Fit outside garden tap near Tameside£76
Fit outside garden tap near Teignbridge£74
Fit outside garden tap near Tendring£114
Fit outside garden tap near Test Valley£82
Fit outside garden tap near Thamesdown£102
Fit outside garden tap near Thanet£84
Fit outside garden tap near The Wrekin£162
Fit outside garden tap near Thurrock£92
Fit outside garden tap near Torbay£78
Fit outside garden tap near Trafford£78
Fit outside garden tap near Vale of Glamorgan£74
Fit outside garden tap near Vale of White Horse£94
Fit outside garden tap near Vale Royal£78
Fit outside garden tap near Wakefield£82
Fit outside garden tap near Walsall£76
Fit outside garden tap near Warrington£76
Fit outside garden tap near Warwick£80
Fit outside garden tap near Waveney£84
Fit outside garden tap near Waverley£108
Fit outside garden tap near Wealden£94
Fit outside garden tap near West Lancashire£72
Fit outside garden tap near West Lothian£84
Fit outside garden tap near West Wiltshire£92
Fit outside garden tap near Wigan£76
Fit outside garden tap near Windsor & Maidenhead£104
Fit outside garden tap near Wirral£72
Fit outside garden tap near Wokingham£112
Fit outside garden tap near Wolverhampton£78
Fit outside garden tap near Wrexham Maelor£78
Fit outside garden tap near Wychavon£82
Fit outside garden tap near Wycombe£106
Fit outside garden tap near York£72