How to buy plumbing accessories

September 28, 2017Blog Standard

Purchasing your plumbing instead of getting it through your plumber allows you to choose from a wider selection – and save money.


  1. Determine what accessories you need. A sink? Faucets? Shower heads? A new tub?
  2. Measure the space available for each accessory. For example, if you buy a kitchen sink, measure the size that fits into your sink base cabinet.
  3. Be sure to note the special requirements for any accessories. For example, if you are looking for a faucet, make sure it matches your sink (faucets can have a unique control or separate hot and cold water knobs). If in doubt, ask the dealer or a plumber.
  4. Visit several plumbing supply stores or major start centers.
  5. Browse the accessories and compare prices.
  6. Make sure your selections comply with code in your area. For example, in many areas shower deviators are required to have anti-sebum protection. Ask the seller or plumber if you are in doubt about a specific accessory.
  7. Check with your plumber on any appliance before you buy if you are unsure about its suitability for its purpose.
  8. Purchase your selected items and agree on delivery.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plumbers often mark accessories considerably. This is particularly true of High-End items such as whirlpool tubs. You can save hundreds of dollars by purchasing the unit yourself.
  • Keep an eye out for items for sale or on the floor models.
  • White is the most popular color for accessories. White accessories are usually 5 to 20 percent more expensive than the white ones.
  • When selecting accessories, consider your tile, cabinets, vanities, countertops and other surrounding items in the home.

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