How to choose a good bathroom faucet
- 27 Sep 23:15
- Sanitary Engineering
When doing repairs in an apartment or a private home, enough attention should be paid to the interior of the bathroom. There is nothing strange here, because it is in the bathroom that a person restores his strength after a working day, receives energy. Toilet and bathroom, tiled tile,mirrors, furniture and decorative elements people choose with pleasure, but about how to choose a bathroom faucet correctly, not everyone knows. Most often these plumbing devices are bought in a hurry, without the desire to understand the intricacies of the device of a model of plumbing. Such an approach is false, since bad devices not only damage the interior of the room, but also the quality of water procedures. How to choose a bath mixer so that it pleases you day by day without any problems?
Types of mixers
Modern faucets are very different from the unattractive sanitary appliances that many of us have seen in childhood. Technical progress is not in place, and every modern sanitary device is a work of art. By the way water is fed, the faucets are single-lever, double-acting, contactless and thermostatic.
Double-acting bath mixers.
Currently the most common are mixers of the first type. They are arranged in such a way that a special mechanism allows you to change the pressure of water and its temperature by turning a single handle. Their convenience also lies in the fact that a good mixer allows you to block water at any one time in one movement. Among the single-use devices there is a subspecies such as joysticks. From standard they differ in the vertical position of the joystick
One-way mixers for the bathroom.
Contactless cranes are the latest developments in the world of sanitary ware. They do not require manual control: water is fed using infrared sensors.you hold your hands to the tap, and water flows from it. There are devices that work from electricity or built-in batteries. Which mixer is best for a bathroom of the types described? There is no unambiguous answer to this question, as when choosing sanitary ware it is necessary to take into account many factors. In addition, the cranes may differ not only in design, but also in many other parameters. Manufacturers of bathroom faucets constantly work to ensure that the models created by them combine a beautiful appearance and functionality.
What are the mixers in the installation method?
In addition to the classic wall-mounted appliances, there are mixing, inline and floor mixers. Mortise mixers allow you to hide an unattractive hose. Mount them aboard the bath. In the form of ideal mortise tapes actually have many disadvantages. The hose remains under the bath and constantly bends, which can lead to breakage.
In this common mixer, this part is replaced approximately once a year, but the hose of the faucet should be replaced 4 times more often.
Built-in faucets - these are single-acting devices with the ability to covertly install. All the mechanisms of this device hide in the wall, and on the surface are only the main parts - a lever, a spout and a nozzle soul. Apparently, such mixers can be considered the best option for the bathroom. Floor mixers are best suited for high-tech bathrooms. Of all other types of faucets, they differ in the way of installation and form. The floor crane has the form of racks, conceals communication and the faucet itself. Such a device can only be chosen if you do repairs in the bathroom from scratch, as the water supply should be lifted from the floor.
At the place of installation faucets are for a wash basin, they are installed on a sink or on a wall. Bathroom taps are mounted both on the wall and on the side of the bath. Wall mixers have a short rotary or fixed pouring. Shower faucets usually do not have pouring and are installed on the wall. Bidet taps have a built-in aerator with a hinge, which allows you to change the direction of the jets of water.
Materials used in the manufacture ofmixers
This is the most important criterion for choosing a mixer. Despite the wide range of mixer models, not all types of materials are used in their production, as it seems at first glance. Ceramics, plastics and metal alloys - that's all, actually. In the production of design samples it is allowed to use glass, wood, stone or crystal. Adjustment and fastening elements must be made of stainless steel. This material is resistant to moisture and mineral deposits. A good mixer made of stainless steel will serve you for more than one year.
Speaking about the coating, it is worth noting that it is best to choose chrome plumbing devices. A good chrome-plated faucet has an attractive appearance and antibacterial properties. Enamel is also a good option for coating. It looks luxurious, but it is not the most durable coating. With enamel you can mimic marble, gold or bronze.
Installation of the mixer in the bathroom
In the end, it will be appropriate to tell about how the selected instrument is installed correctly. Mixer is better to assemble in advance, before the installation works. In addition, you need to prepare materials and tools:
- flexible hoses;
First, check that the appliance is complete in accordance with the instructions supplied with it. All parts are packed in cloth or polyethylene bags. Check the thread on the fastening nuts and eccentrics. Now you can go to the installation. When installing it is necessary to use FUM-tape, but it is better to replace it with a piece treated with a sealant. The bathroom faucet is attached with eccentrics. They are connected with fittings of water pipes located in the wall. The eccentrics help to change the distance between the pipes.
The distance between the inputs is usually 15 cm, if the actual value is different from this standard, the situation can be corrected by adjusting the eccentricities. Horizontally, eccentric locations are checked using building levels. After these parts are installed, they will be attached to the ceiling, tightly adjacent to the walls. Then the eccentrics attach the main mixer block and try to fix it. If this happens without complications, then the eccentrics are set correctly.
When screwing a block, it is unwanted to use sealing materials such as chip or FUM tape. A tight fitting is provided with gaskets in the clamping nuts. Nuts are tightened with a key. The wrench when fitting the mixer is optional. You need to use it very carefully, without too much effort. Now you can open the cocks on the main pipes and check the mixer. If the check turns out to leak or drops on the joints, it is necessary to tighten the nuts well.
If all bath repair works are from scratch, you need to complete the lining of the water pipes. It is best for these purposes fit metal-plastic or polypropylene pipes that connect to the main pipeline with the simultaneous installation of a ball valve. The mixer is usually mounted at a height of 30 cm above the bath. Fittings are connected to the ends of pipes. The ends of the fittings should be flush with the wall surface and parallel to each other. After installation of the fittings, the mixer is installed according to the scheme described above.