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Which Type of Kitchen Faucet is Right for You?

Faucets are functional and outspoken. They speak to the person’s taste and style particularly in the heart of the home: your kitchen. Your kitchen is the center for entertainment, dining and everyday functionality. It is the command center of all family functions and where everyone congregates so it’s important that your installation and finish to your kitchen is complete with style and practical use.

Before choosing kitchen faucets, you’ll need to consider a few factors, such as whether you’re using the existing sink or buying a new one and what features you want. You’ll also need to consider how much your budget allows and the size of your kitchen.

If you still haven’t decided, let us give you a short handy guide to choosing the right type of faucet for your kitchen.

Mounting Styles

There are 3 primary mounting styles to consider: sink-mounted faucets, deck-mounted faucets and wall-mounted faucets. Before choosing one, check how many mounting holes your existing sink has. New faucets come in one-, two-, three- or four- hole varieties.

Sink-mounted faucets are a great option if you need a quick kitchen update and want to reuse your existing sink. If design is important, this option will limit your faucet style options.

Deck-mounted faucets are mounted directly to the countertop and not the sink. This option provides a seamless look that’s best for contemporary kitchens. If space is a limitation, this option is not recommended as it occupies space on the countertop.

Wall-mounted faucets are placed on the wall adjacent to the sink. This option allows for easy cleanup, but requires more tedious relocation and installation. For colder climates, you’ll need to check with local codes for installation on an outside wall to insulate against freezing. For installation, your professional sewer and rooter service in Los Angeles will also need to measure the spacing and location to make sure the faucet and handles can be installed where you need them.

Handle Options

There are 3 primary handle options. Think about how you use your faucet every day and decide if one-handle, two-handle or a hands-free option suits your needs.

Single-handled faucets rotate directionally, providing the ability to regulate water flow and pressure from an up-and-down motion and side-to-side motion. This option is convenient when you only have one hand free. On the other hand, temperature adjustments are less precise than two-handle faucets.

Two-handle faucets usually require a minimum of three holes for installation. This option has dedicated hot and cold-water handles, allowing for more precision in temperature adjustments and water pressure and flow. On the other hand, this option limits you style-wise as it is more traditional.

Hands-free faucets are motion-activated. This option operates with a sensor that detects light contact. They are great for full hands, arthritic hands and children. They are also eco-friendly as it shuts off automatically to conserve water. On the other hand, this option does not allow for temperature adjustments by hand. It must be done manually, which can aggravate some homeowners.

Finishing Touches

Materials and color tones complete your kitchen finishes. This can be in chrome, brushed nickel, polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze, white, black and/or stainless steel. The options are endless.

Keep in mind that finishes vary by manufacturers. It’s a good idea to purchase the same collection from manufacturers to ensure a good match in style, price and quality.

For style, work with your designer to identify your personality and taste for kitchen aesthetics. Does your kitchen have a sleek and contemporary or rustic visual interest? Does it need simple, clean lines or angular detailing?

For price and quality, stainless steel or brass base materials will be more durable and costlier than its plastic counterparts. Remember that lower-priced faucets are often made with plastic parts that don’t hold up. When investing in kitchen parts, consider costs of replacements and plumber fees that may negate the savings.

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Top 5 Plumbing Mistakes

Households depend on plumbing every day. The average American family uses around 400 gallons of water per day, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. 70% of water is used indoors which encompasses all kitchen, washing machine and bathroom water useage. Households depend heavily on the these areas of the home every day. Functionality is key when it comes to household plumbing. Over time, mistakes can be made that can bring these home essentials to a halt. It is important to stay educated on your plumbing system to avoid future problems. No one ever intends on having surprise plumbing problems. Surprises are only enjoyable when you’re at a birthday party. Plumbing blunders are never a party scenario. Here are some of the top plumbing mistakes that may take some homeowners by surprise.

Harmful Household Items Down the Drain

First off, drains are crucial part of a functioning plumbing system. Homeowners may face trouble when they put harmful products down their drains. Household drainage systems can be damaged by range of different harmful household items. Fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, grease, fats and oils are some of the leading causes of clogged drains. Through daily bathroom use, drains can become clogged by hair products, soaps, oils, flushable wipes, cotton balls and even medications. All items listed are essentially on the “No-Fly list” of your household’s drainage system. Keep your drains happy by throwing all these items in the trash and not your drains!

Harsh Drain Cleaners

Drain cleaners were created to clear your drains. Misuse and overuse are two factors that can transform helpful drain cleaners into the drainage system’s enemy number one. Some homeowners armed with drain cleaner can present a dangerous situation. Drain cleaners are made of harsh chemicals meant to break down and clear drain buildup. Often times, the cleaner’s harsh properties can wear drains down. If the blockage is a partial clog, the drain cleaner might glide right by the clog and ignore the problem. It is much more effective to invest in a professional job, than to blindly pour chemicals down the drain.

Mistreating Plumbing Fixtures

People often mistreat their fixtures. Faucets typically take the brunt of the abuse with daily kitchen and bathroom use. Repeated pushing and pulling on a faucet handle can create leaks over time. Shower heads also feel the pressure as shower caddies pull down on the fixture. The weight of shampoos and other heavy shower products can weigh down the shower head and potentially break it right off. Treat your plumbing fixtures with care can prolong their use and negate future plumbing issues.

Ignoring Plumbing Problems

It is common for households to ignore plumbing problems, but this only leads to more costly expenses down the line. A small leak can soon become a larger leak, if left unaddressed. Problems will worsen with time. Any plumbing complications are cause for concern. Don’t wait for a problem to disappear. At New Generation Plumbing, we believe in addressing plumbing issues head on with a professional. Get the job done correctly with one of our trained plumbing specialists today.

At Home Plumbing Jobs

Many times at home plumbing jobs can make a problem worse. Do it yourself plumbing is rarely a good idea. Certain jobs can be more complicated than initially presumed. Plumbing pipes and fixtures have many pieces which can cause confusion when putting them back together. This may present a difficult task for those not trained or educated in the field. Some may think they are saving money by embarking on their own plumbing journey, but errors and mistakes may create a much worse situation. Skip the hassle and call New Generation’s plumbing experts to help you with your plumbing problems.