There are many factors to consider when it comes to kitchen faucets, including mounting styles, finishes and much more. Replacing some faucets can be DIY projects, but if you want to upgrade to a totally different faucet style, or add a food disposal, you should call a professional. All About Plumbing and Septic is the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area’s first choice for affordable plumbing. Give them a call for more information.
Faucets and sinks are not mix and match. You need to know what kind of mounting your sink is designed for and proceed from there.
Centerset faucets are for three-hole basins and have a single base that combines hot and cold water, as well as the spout.
Widespread faucets are for three-hole sinks as well, but come in three separate pieces.
Single-hole faucets are for one or two handle styles.
Vessel style faucets arch higher than other faucet styles.
Increase visual appeal in the entire room by coordinating the faucet with other accessories. Some faucets have more than one finish, such as black and stainless, so choosing a style that speaks to your unique tastes is fun. Spot-resistant finishes make cleaning a breeze.
Valves, Gaskets and Washers
There are a few other things to look for in selecting a new faucet. While finding a faucet to match your décor, understanding the inner workings of your new faucet is important because that’s what controls water flow. Selecting a higher mechanical quality faucet will save you trouble in the future.
The most reliable valves are solid brass or brass-based metal, or corrosion resistant components.
Compression valves work by using a stem that opens and closes the water’s passage.
Ball faucets have a plastic or metal ball that regulates water flow, and metal balls last longer.
Cartridge faucets have O-ring gaskets to control the water and are very reliable if the cartridge is brass.
Ceramic disc faucets have two ceramic discs that move to allow water flow, has a watertight seal and is virtually maintenance free.
Consider matching your décor as well as who will be using the faucet as you choose. Handle styles include joysticks, levers, push buttons, and straight or cross-style knobs. You may want touchless faucets, which are motion activated and in which case you’ll need a mixing valve as well as override levers. A professional plumber can handle this for you. Touch-activated models come on with a light tap on the faucet head, and water temperature is controlled with a lever.
Changing kitchen faucets is an affordable plumbing upgrade. If you need reliable plumbing services in the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area, All About Plumbing and Septic is the best choice. Call them today for more information.