Apart from adding ease and convenience to your daily chores, your faucet can also add to your contribution towards the cause of nature. An efficient faucet will help you save water, energy and money without making any compromise on your needs. The next time you decide to invest in a faucet, keep the following things in mind:
Switch to WaterSense labeled faucets. These products have a maximum flow rate of 1.5 GPM (gallons per minute), which is well under the 2.75 GPM allowed by the Federal law. WaterSense products provide an adequate flow while they help you save water as well as energy (by reducing demands on your water heater) and are kind on your water bills.
Water saving faucets like the GROHE EcoJoy are designed specifically keeping your environmental concerns in mind. It features flow limiting mousseur with the aerator (giving a maximum flow rate of 5.8 liters per minute) to keep a check on water consumption levels.
Making a smart use of technology, GROHE has really taken things to the next level. It features a Water Efficiency Label (WELL) in order to promote responsible water usage. WELL is an evaluation system that assesses usage in terms of volume and temperature. The Digital GROHE faucets help you program the flow rate, temperature, duration and when to ‘stop/start flow’ to prevent wastage of water.
In case you don’t wish to do away with your old faucet and switch to a water efficient one, you can still reduce water consumption levels by installing low flow aerators in your existing faucets. Most old faucets have flow rates as high as 3gpm to 7gpm. Low flow aerators come with a flow rate less than 2.75gpm, are inexpensive and easy to install. These aerators will help cut down water consumption up to 50%! Low flow aerators also offer the conventional aerated and non-aerated spray modes.
If you wish to reduce wastage/overuse of water without changing any of your existing fixtures, stick to the good old rule: ‘turn off the flow’ when your faucet is not in continuous use. Almost all faucets these days, come with a pause button which, if used smartly can prevent a lot of water wastage. It will help you stop the flow without the hassle of turning the faucet on and off again and again. The pause button is really useful with pull-out or pull-down faucets, where a considerable amount of water gets wasted during retraction.
Ranked by us as the top recommendation under the best budget kitchen faucets, the Kohler K-596 CP is a high arch, pull down faucet that will enhance the aesthetics of any contemporary kitchen theme. It’s sleek, elegant body simplifies maintenance as well as usage.
The faucet can be integrated with any single or triple holes mount point. The high arch spout neck swivels up to 360 degrees to provide complete sink access and beyond. The faucet has a metal construction with a MasterClean surface which resists corrosion and mineral buildup and is very easy to clean.
Apart from the two conventional modes of spray (aerated and stream), the Kohler faucet offers a Sweep spray modes with a flow rate of 2.2 GPM that gives a forceful blade of water.
The pull out hose has sculpted buttons which help you operate the faucet effortlessly even if your hands are wet or soapy. It also features a pause button to make your daily chores a splash free affair. The ceramic valve adds to the life of the faucet ensuring a durable, drip-free use.
The angled nozzle releases water in a flattened or an oval pattern instead of a circle. It helps direct the flow of water in one direction and clean awkward pans easily.
The faucet is built with a DockNetik technology which enables the spray wand to retract instantly without getting entangled. The magnetic action ensures that the pull out hose remains securely locked, when not in use and doesn’t become wobbly with time.
Kohler has also managed to address a common issue with most faucets: the need to reset temperature with every use. You need to set the temperature just once in your Kohler K-596 CP after which it doesn’t go back to default on the next use.
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The gooseneck spout of the Kohler K-596 CP makes it ideal for a kitchen with large sinks, allowing you to place large pans directly under it, without straining your hands. Although it is one of the high-end faucets with a price of $360, you can purchase it on Amazon with a discount of up to 25%!
The faucet comes with a lifetime warranty. In-case of any complaints, Kohler is known to provide excellent services with an immediate shipment of replacement parts, free of cost! If you have that kind budget and space for your kitchen, the Kohler K-596 CP is a must have.
Most faucets come with a promise of long life. However in order to have years of uneventful service, you need to keep a regular check at the functioning of your faucet.
A leaking faucet should be given prompt attention or else the moisture it releases could corrode the faucet body and also damage other fixtures in addition to affecting your water bills! If noticed well in time these leaks can be fixed using a simple repair.
If you’re living in an area with hard water supply, your faucet will quickly show lime and minerals buildup. If left unattended, it will not only ruin the looks of your faucet but also lead to clogged drains. It is advisable to use water softeners which condition water by removing unwanted minerals.
Hard water deposits in the aerator filter can lower the water pressure and also internally damage your faucet in the long run. Most kitchen faucet aerators come off easily. Soaking in vinegar solution overnight will easily help remove thick deposits. You can also replace your aerator with a new one once in a while as they are inexpensive and readily available.
Most quality faucets come with a limited or lifetime warranty. Brands like Moen and Kohler offer a lifetime warranty and readily ship replacement parts, free of cost in case you face any issues. This will prevent you from investing in cheap replacements and ensure the quality of your faucet. Replacing faucet parts at the right time will really add to the life of your faucet.
It is ideal to have a certified plumber crosscheck the configuration of your kitchen at regular intervals. A professional can quickly spot hidden problems like leaks, clogged drains, corrosion, etc. and save you a lot on trouble in future.
It is always beneficial to keep a repair kit handy at home so that you can do minor maintenance work such as replacement of washers and valves, etc. on your own in case of regular wear and tear.
Maintaining the looks of a faucet throughout is a common concern among customers. While most faucets have a long life, their finish tends to fade away with time. Keeping your faucet new-like is however not a herculean task. Here are some tips that can help you retain its looks forever.
Make sure not to dent your faucet by using pliers, wrenches or other tools on its surface during installation. If possible, avoid using plumber’s putty for fixing it as it might stick to the body and lift off the finish in future.
On a daily basis, all you need to do is to wipe your faucet using a damp cloth with a mixture of soap and warm water followed by drying it with a soft cloth. Also, go for a deep cleaning once in every month.
If deposits of lime and minerals (caused due to hard water) start to show up on your faucet, try to get rid of them immediately. Specialized cleaners are available that help in removing stubborn deposits , without damaging the finish.
Cleaners that contain ammonia, bleach or acid tend to reduce the effectiveness of the finish. Try to keep the cleaning process as natural as possible and use solutions of alcohol, vinegar or lemon instead. Never use a coarse sponge or bristle scrub pad since they will leave scratches all over the body.
Applying a coat of wax on the faucet body is a great way to protect it against mineral or lime buildup as well as fingerprints! It helps restore shine and works well for all faucets, bronze, matte or chrome.
You can also use aerosol or liquid furniture polish while cleaning if your faucet has a matte finish. Silicon oil present in these products will make it water spots and fingerprints resistant.
It is likely that water spots appear rather soon on your faucet if it has a chrome finish. The easiest way to get rid of these is by rubbing wax paper all over the chrome regularly. This will not just remove existing spots but will also prevent them from appearing again.
The bronze finish of your faucet might corrode over time, forming rough light green spots on the surface. It is, therefore, important to treat bronze regularly in order to avoid this. A solution of sodium sesquicarbonate can be used for cleaning to get rid of the bronze disease.
If you don’t make faucet cleaning a regular habit and tend to rely on a rigorous cleaning session once in ages, you shall never get the desired results. When followed regularly, these simple tips will help you retain the shine and finish of your faucet for really long!!
As most manufacturers provide a precise guide and kit to aid the installation of a new faucet, many consumers choose to install their new faucets themselves, instead of calling a plumber.
However, any careless slip here and there during the process could lead to a long-term trouble. The following step by step guide will help you install a faucet properly.
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It would be great if you could clear up space to lie down under the sink during removal/installation. Take a picture of the configuration of your old faucet to use it as a reference.
Removing the old faucet properly, without damaging the set up from a new one is equally important.
In case your earlier faucet was connected directly to the supply lines, turn off the main water supply valve to your house.
First of all, carefully go through the instruction manual provided by the manufacturer.