The dictionary defines a “faucet” as ‘A device for regulating the flow of a liquid from a reservoir such as a pipe or drum’. This is an older definition and does not adequately describe the utility of modern faucets. Modern day faucets are something more than a regulator of the flow of water.
They provide a variety of functions in the kitchen or in the bath. The kitchen faucets come with pullout and pull-down sprayers and various attachments for water filtering all in a variety of makes and styles whereas the faucets in the bath are available with a variety of matching accessories to suit the taste and likes of the consumer.
Leaky faucets are a perennial problem. The best way to prevent leaks is to provide a washer free or cartridge based faucet. The latter variety avoids the frequent need to change the worn out washers. These faucets provide a leak-less performance throughout its life. The cartridge replacement is a relatively simple repair.
Like all plumbing products faucets also calls for quality material for durability and better service. It is always better not to be ‘penny wise pound foolish’. Instead of going for the cheaper brands, faucets made of good and durable metals like brass or copper makes life easier in the long run. These faucets not only give you a superior performance but also present an elegant appearance in the bath. The faucets manufacturers offer many varieties for the modern bath or kitchen. It is your responsibility to choose the best suited for your needs.
The industry having standardized the products, there cannot be any confusion with the selection of this accessory. However, one needs to understand the basic details of your sink or bath. For example, if one needs to select a faucet for the kitchen it would be appropriate to keep in mind the number of mounting holes in the sink.
Before going to the plumbing accessory shop it is wise to ascertain the size and the type of the water supply lines that normally is either 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch. The supply hook ups come in various materials like copper, braided copper and flexible plastic. Having confirmed the size of the supply line one has to shut off the water supply, remove the parts and take it into your favorite hardware or DIY store and select the faucets of your choice of the size and type best suited to your bath or kitchen.
The selection and fitting of a faucet may look simple however a wrong and thoughtless selection may prove futile and end up in a perennial problem and a sheer waste of your hard earned money.