When you’re choosing a new bathroom suite, there’s a lot to consider. After all, with many of us only renovating our bathrooms a handful of times in our lifetime, it’s important that the quality, style and functionality of your bathroom is up to scratch.

WRAS approval plays a huge part in selecting new bathroom units, fixtures and fittings. However, many people have no idea about WRAS approved products are, or why they are important. We’ve created a helpful guide outlining everything you need to know about WRAS and why it matters.

So what exactly is WRAS?

WRAS is a Water Regulations Advisory Scheme created by UK water regulations and bylaws to ensure that all businesses maintain the highest standards of equipment. To become WRAS certified, all products undergo significant testing by independent labs and water suppliers to ensure that they comply with the guidelines laid out in the scheme.

WRAS rules apply to any water fitting, which will carry water from the public mains water supply. With this in mind, it sets the standard against waste, misuse, undue consumption or contamination of the water supply and must be ‘of an appropriate quality and standard’.

WRAS covers two main variants…

WRAS Product Approval:

All products, including boilers, valves and showers must undergo thorough water quality and mechanical testing to ensure that they fully comply with all WRAS rules.

WRAS Material Approval:

Rubber sheet material, ‘O’ rings and spacers must also undergo extensive testing to ensure that they comply with water quality guidelines. This is because it is vital that all components and non-metallic materials do not contaminate the water.

With this in mind, you should always ensure that all bathroom units, fixtures and fittings display a WRAS approved logo. And, here at BathroomsByDesign, all of our all brassware and sanitaryware are WRAS Approved. This is an area of our business that we refuse to compromise on.  

WRAS approval is required for any product that can be connected to a water supply, which includes taps, showers, valves and cisterns, as well as fittings such as plastic spacers and rubber washers.

But that’s not all… if you are considering building an extension to accommodate a new bathroom, you will need to check whether or not your existing mains water supply is WRAS approved. If not, you will require new showers, taps and cisterns.

For more information on WRAS, head over to their website: https://www.wras.co.uk/

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