Faucets are some of the most important fixtures in a kitchen. A faucet is also referred to as a tap or a spigot. It’s used to regulate or control the flow of a liquid or a gas. In a typical household, faucets are usually associated with the control of water flow. They are installed in various sections of the plumbing system including the bathrooms, kitchen, outdoors etc, as flow or supply points of clean water. Kitchen faucets are usually installed above the sinks to supply clean water for various kitchen applications. We will learn about the installation, repair and maintenance of kitchen faucets in this article.
Tools & Materials
You will need various tools and materials to install a kitchen faucet. For tools, you will need to types of wrenches: a basic wrench and adjustable wrenches. You will also need a putty knife and small bucket for catching the water after disconnection. The materials need here include the several supply lines or pipes, caulk, plumber’s tape, and the kitchen faucet you are installing.
Many kitchen remodels and kitchen plumbing upgrades include the kitchen faucet or faucets. The very first step when installing a new kitchen faucet is to turn off all the water valves under the sink. If you have a garbage disposal unit, ensure that it’s disconnected to the power source. Use the small bucket to catch the water after disconnecting the supply pipes. If you are replacing an old faucet, use the wrenches to remove the old tap first. Clean all grime and sealant from the sink and then place gasket or trim ring in place for the new faucet. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the use of caulk or putty when installing the new faucet. Attach the faucet correctly with all the bolts and nuts in place before reconnecting the supply lines again. Turn on the main water valve and check for leaks. Tighten the faucet in place and run it to let the water flow freely for some minutes. If there are no leaks, shut off the faucet and clean the site. It’s now ready for use. Remember that you have to check the configuration of the sink supply lines to determine the type of faucet that you need to install. If you are connecting other plumbing appliances like instant hot water systems to the faucet, make sure that everything is functioning properly and that there are no leaks before leaving the site.
Repairs & Maintenance
After installing new faucets in your kitchen, you should afford them the necessary care and maintenance to ensure longevity and system functionality. You should inspect the faucets plus all other kitchen fixtures and appliances on a regular basis, preferably every month. You should also commission a professional plumbing company to conduct inspections and handle maintenance of your entire plumbing system at least once every few months. This ensures that all defects or faults in your kitchen faucets are discovered early on and the appropriate remedies implemented in time. You should strive to observe various water and energy saving measures to reduce your household’s carbon footprint. Whether remodeling the entire kitchen, or just upgrading fixtures and appliances, it is recommended that you install water-saving models that are available in the market today.
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