Faucets are ubiquitous in a bathroom. Faucets for washbasins, bathtubs, and showers are all items of equipment to be chosen with care. The anesthetic model with a retro mixer, an economic model with a thermostatic mixer, and a design model with cascading water here is the advice of the professionals of the Residential Plumbing Repair network to help you choose your bathroom fittings.
The different types of bathroom faucets
Your faucet is leaking? Are you embarking on a bathroom renovation? In short, whatever the reason for the work, you want to install a new faucet. But how to choose? Here are the 3 main families of bathroom faucets:
Residential Plumbing Repair mixer taps are widely installed in washbasins and showers. They are both very convenient to use, water-saving, and much cheaper than other types of bathroom faucets. Thermostatic mixers are the best models, especially to equip a shower. Indeed, the temperature is very easy to adjust and the temperature is maintained to the nearest degree.
This type of faucet is particularly recommended for the elderly, people with reduced mobility, and children.
Mixers are chosen above all for their retro design, these taps are uneconomical and quite impractical.
To avoid burning yourself, you may also like a tap with a temperature limiter.
Choosing the right bathroom faucets
In addition to the type of faucet for your washbasin, your shower, or your bathtub, the professionals of the Plumbing Services Dubai network advise you to avoid the first prices. Very low-end faucets generally need to be changed every 2 years. While a classic faucet lasts at least 5 years.
To save water, you can choose a low-flow faucet (average flow of 12 l/min). The C3 classification also allows you to identify bathroom faucet models with a water-saving function.
To choose the right bathroom taps, it is also important to select a spout size that is suitable for your basin. The design of the faucet should be chosen according to the style of your entire water feature. Side or top lever, retro, vintage or modern style, the possibilities are then multiple.
The faucet finish
Finally, for easy maintenance, choose a faucet with a chrome coating. Cleaning is therefore very easy with conventional household products. Know, for example, that brushed brass faucets will require more attention and delicacy.
How to choose between a mixer and a mixer?
Start by consulting a trusted faucet brand and check for the presence of NF certification. To choose your faucet, you can also rely on the number of years of product warranty. It can be 2, 5, or 10 years for a tap. Then you will have to choose the type of faucet you want between a mixer or a mixer. We help you take stock.
The mixer is a tap equipped with two handles. One is dedicated to hot water, the other to cold water. The two water inlets must be mixed to obtain the desired temperature. This adjustment must be made each time you use it. Unlike the mixer, the mixer has a single lever to adjust the water temperature and obtain the desired flow. Thanks to the memory effect of the choice of temperature, it is naturally more economical in water. There are classic mixers and mixers with one or more options such as:
- an anti-burn system;
- a ring to limit the hot water opening;
- a flow limiter (notch set halfway to reduce the water flow by 50%), etc.
The thermostatic mixer
The precise adjustment allowed by the thermostatic mixing valve offers great comfort. The water temperature can be adjusted to the nearest degree. Like the mixer, it has two handles. However, their role is different. One handle is used to adjust the temperature, while the other adjusts the water flow. The scale on the first handle makes it very easy to obtain the desired temperature. Plus, a temperature lockout of 38°C helps prevent accidental burns.