Jump to content
Find Professionals    Deals    Get Quotations   Portfolios

Recommended Posts

I’m thinking of importing bathroom fittings such as taps, shower and perhaps toilet bowls from overseas. I’m rebuilding my house and my builder said need to have approved bathroom fittings (taps, shower) to clear TOP as the authorities may ask for certification.

Does anyone have any experience in this? How true is this?

thank you!

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Looking for good contractors? Click here for your request
7 hours ago, Snowcapper said:

I’m thinking of importing bathroom fittings such as taps, shower and perhaps toilet bowls from overseas. I’m rebuilding my house and my builder said need to have approved bathroom fittings (taps, shower) to clear TOP as the authorities may ask for certification.

Does anyone have any experience in this? How true is this?

thank you!

True but also depends on your luck. 
you are supposed to have all the water usage ratings for all sanitary ware which can only be obtained by getting products locally. However not everything needs to have that water rating sticker/card. Some item categories are not classified under the WELS so you can get anything you want. Eg are angle valves and some shower mixers. 
 

So for other items which fall under WELS, you are likely to be asked to remove if PUB does the inspection before TOP. Why I mentioned luck is because not all projects get checked especially during this current pandemic. 
 

One legal work around is to buy online for items which have already a WELS rating. You can find the info on PUB website and then just buy the same model items online. I had done this method and bought taps from taobao. Just keep the boxes with the model numbers first just in case since overseas purchase won’t have the WELS card. 

basins are not regulated so you can get anything you want but toilet bowls are.

anyway unless you are buying all the high end stuff and you get savings of 50% or more on the item itself, it’s still easier to buy locally. With overseas purchase, you still need to get your own freight forwarder and transporter to deliver to site so need to factor in this cost also. BTW, freight costs has increased due to the pandemic as well as Suez Canal incident. Not to mention you need to time the purchase properly else if your items get delivered too early, accidental damage may occur when stored on site. With local purchase, the shops will keep the stock and only deliver when you need them such that things get installed almost immediately.
With toilet bowls you need to know what model you are getting so that you know what is the distance required for the trap to wall if you are using floor standing toilet bowls. This is so that the plumber can put in the waste pipe at the correct location in the floor before the floor slab is casted. If the location is wrong, you can’t install the toilet bowl properly. This is not a problem if you doing all wall mounted toilet bowls. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

FYI Econflo is having a sale at their Pasir Panjang warehouse 14-15 May.. might be a better alternative to importing. Support local ..

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Appreciate the replies and help, snoozee and petetherock 

yes, we want to buy the high-end ones and the savings are great. This forum is really helpful in sharing some details our builder hide from us.

My project is a little delayed by planning changes and now the dorm covid cases. So I think it gives us enough time to shop around. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As mentioned, most of the fittings need to have the WELS rating and approved ones are listed on PUB website. So if you want to buy online, get those approved models. At lease there’s still grounds for you to argue on why you don’t have the WELS card but it is an approved model. If totally not approved then no chance. The worst part is having to replace the toilet bowl if you encounter such situation 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The QP has to declare that the fittings are compliant, not so much abt physical inspection. If u really want to use exotic stuff, TOP with HDB type fittings then after CSC, arrange to swap. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all, I have a credit voucher from Yafen worth $897. Im selling at $700 can buy anything from the shop. They have all kinds of fan, lighting, bathroom accessories. The shop is at defu lane. 

the voucher is transferrable and no expiry date. Pls pm me if interested.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We are thinking of purchasing high end bathroom fittings from Europe. Anybody encountered compatibility or installation issues? We found a few sites like myGermany, xTwo and Reuter. Any recommendations from others? Would love to hear other members experiences. Thanks!

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • advertisement_alt
  • advertisement_alt
  • advertisement_alt
Aura Sink download renotalk renovation guide


×