Kitchen plumbing is one area of the home that can be used to transform your kitchen into an enjoyable workspace with a bonus of having a nice aesthetic. Your kitchen faucet is one area of your kitchen plumbing that can make a difference to the overall feel of your space. Finding the perfect faucet can do just that. But what makes the perfect faucet for your kitchen?
Your faucet is one the most used appliances in your kitchen. You want it to be ergonomic, fit in with the style of your kitchen, and while you’re at it, make use of the added features that faucets have. It’s important not to forget about sizing and connection valves when making your purchase. This will ultimately affect your kitchen plumbing system.
If you’re unsure of where to start, let the plumbing experts at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric help you out.
Measurements are important when changing your faucet. It should not be difficult to find a kitchen faucet that fits the space of your original installation. However, you can’t choose just any faucet. You will need to evaluate and carefully measure the area, which requires some knowledge of plumbing.
Next, you will need to assess how wide and how deep the sink is. This will affect the height of the spout from the faucet; it will need to be high enough to fit your items in the sink and low enough to prevent any splashing of water when the faucet is running. The space around the sink also makes a difference to the type of faucet chosen. A deck-mounted faucet needs more space behind the sink while a wall-mounted faucet needs to extend over the middle of the sink. This is affected by the space inside the sink and the measurements around the wall.
Measurements should include the countertop around the sink, including behind the sink, as well as the diameter of the holes that have already been placed. The depth and width of the wall and sink edge.
Valves take care of regulating the water flow and the temperature. It controls the body of the faucet where water runs through and the aerator which allows the water to come through or shut off. Different valves will work differently which affects the design of the faucet. Faucet maintenance is an important part of kitchen plumbing maintenance and this will make a difference over time. The type of valve describes the way the faucet works. This may be a topic to seek professional advice for if you’re unsure of exactly what type of valve you’re looking for. The most common types of valves include, ball valve, disk valve, cartridge valve and a compression valve. If you’re unsure of what it is that you need, plumbing fixture installations should be done by plumbing experts
With new faucet designs, you can choose from added features like side sprayer, which is a small faucet that is attached to an extendable hose. The pull-out faucet is similar to the side sprayer but takes up less space around the sink edge. The hose is built at an angle that gives you a bit more advantage with regards to reach.
Water filtration systems come built-in to faucets if you’re looking to make your tap water drinkable straight from the source. The filtration systems work efficiently to filter out common chemicals and pesticides found in tap water. If you’re looking for a more luxurious faucet, you can install a water sprayer at your kitchen sink. The sizing is something you will need to get correct, but most sink sprayers are designed to fit the same holes as a regular faucet.
Finding the perfect faucet for your kitchen should be finished off with the best style and aesthetic for your home. The finish includes considerations like stainless steel, black finishes, copper, and chrome.
Your choice of style should be determined by versatility, durability and of course, the style of the kitchen and the look you’re going for. Chrome is a very popular choice as it is easy to match any style and it is durable. Stainless steel is a timeless option for durability.
Whether you’re looking for a fresh take on your kitchen or you simply need to update your faucet, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric have a team of plumbing professionals ready to assist. With experts across the South Florida area, we’re always on standby to assist with your plumbing needs, big or small. Give us a call at 1-800-475-1504 and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect faucet for your kitchen.
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