The faucet is a necessity for controlling the size of water flow in modern homes. Not only can it bring great convenience to our daily water use, but also have the effect of saving water. The purchase, installation and maintenance of faucets are trinity, and they firmly control the "flood power" of tap water!
1. By material
There are many main materials for faucets: cast iron, plastic, zinc alloy, copper alloy, stainless steel. The first three have various drawbacks, so let's look at the last two and it's ok!
Copper alloy is currently the most popular and most suitable body material, because copper ions can be sterilized! Does it sound powerful?
At present, most faucets are H59 copper, that is, brass with a copper content of 57% to 61%, and also contain traces (less than 0.5%) of lead.
Some roommates are very concerned about the problem of poisoning caused by high lead content. If you want to completely eliminate lead exposure, then choose a stainless steel faucet! However, due to the complexity of this faucet process and the lack of copper's bacteriostatic advantages, it is not currently popular.
2. By structure
According to the structure, common faucets can be divided into single-joint faucets: cold water pipes or hot water pipes can be connected;
Double-connected faucet: It can be connected to both cold and hot pipes at the same time, and is mostly used in bathroom basins and kitchen sinks with hot water supply.
Triple faucet: In addition to connecting the two pipes of hot and cold water, it can also be connected to the shower head.
In addition, there are single handles (the temperature of cold and hot water can be adjusted with one handle) and double handles (the cold water pipe and the hot water pipe are adjusted separately to adjust the water temperature). These housemates should know properly!
3. According to the opening method
According to the water outlet switch, there are four types: screw type faucet, wrench type faucet, lifting type faucet and induction type water dragon.
The overall structure of the faucet is divided into spool, main body and surface layer. The spool is the part that controls the flow of water in and out and is the heart of the faucet. Look here for durability. The main body is the main component of the faucet, that is, the skeleton. Most of the water pollution is the poor quality of this part; The substance, that is, the skin of the faucet, is the face value of the faucet. Therefore, you need to pay more attention when buying.
1. Look at the surface
The faucet is plated with a layer of nickel and chromium, both for aesthetics and more importantly to prevent erosion. The smoother and brighter the surface, the better the quality. If after pressing the surface with your finger, the fingerprint quickly spreads out and there is no trace, it means that the coating texture is good.
The copper of the faucet is as pure as possible. You can weigh the weight of the faucet when you buy it. The feel is heavy. The alloy faucet is mixed with other cheap metal materials, and the copper material is used in a small proportion, which will be much lighter. It will also cause the heavy metal content of the faucet to exceed the standard and seriously threaten people's health.
3. Turn the handle
The faucets on the market now basically use porcelain spools. Try turning it on and off gently with your hands. If the feel is very easy and the left, right, up and down are smooth, then it shows that its porcelain core has good hardness and wear resistance. The inferior faucet has a great sense of hindrance when turning.
4. Listen to the sound
A good faucet is cast copper as a whole, and the sound is dull when tapped; if the sound is brittle, it may be a stainless steel faucet of slightly lower quality
5. Test water flow
High-end faucets are generally equipped with bubblers. When purchasing, turn on the tap to check the water. Touch the water with your fingers to feel the water flow. The water flow is soft and the foam is rich. If the water does not splash, it means that the bubbler is of good quality.
6. Recognize the brand
For non-regular products or defective products that only stick to some paper labels or even without any certification marks, be sure to pay attention when buying. Before buying, you need to know if you are inquiring about popular styles, manufacturer strength, brand awareness and after-sales service guarantee.
Finally, when buying a faucet, you have to shop around, compare the quality, price and price, and ask more before you can buy the right faucet at the right price.
1. Installation tool preparation
First prepare the installation tool, and check whether the supporting parts are complete before installation. Common faucet parts are: hose, rubber gasket, bubbler, handle, etc.
2. Clean before installation
Before installing the faucet, put the water in the water pipe to clean the sediment impurities, remove the debris in the installation hole, and check that the accessories in the packaging box do not contain impurities, so as not to block or wear the ceramic valve core.
3. Left hot water right cold water
When taking over, you need to pay attention to the hot water on the left and cold water on the right. Remove the faucet after fixing the position of the water inlet connector. After the wall plastering is completed, install the faucet to prevent the surface coating of the faucet from being worn and scratched.
4. Installation of single hole basin faucet
During installation, a special angle valve must be selected, and it must be fixed with the cold and hot water pipes of the wall outlet. When it is found that there is a distance between the angle valve and the faucet water pipe, it is necessary to purchase a special extension pipe to connect.
5. Installation of shower and bathtub faucet
After purchasing and installing the faucet, the valve core of the faucet is generally pre-buried in the wall. Pay attention to the thickness of the bathroom wall before embedding. If the wall is too thin, the valve core will not be embedded.
1. Regularly clean the surface of the faucet
It is best to clean the faucet every other month, mainly using car wax for maintenance and cleaning of the outer surface. In normal use, rinse the surface of the faucet with clean water, and then dry it with a soft cotton cloth.
2. Internal cleaning
If the water output of the faucet decreases or the water output forks, it may be caused by the blocking of the bubbler. The bubbler can be removed, soaked in vinegar, cleaned with a small brush or other tools, and then reinstalled.
3. Pay attention to avoid scratching the faucet when cleaning
When cleaning the faucet, do not use any abrasive cleaners, cloths, or paper towels; do not use acid-containing cleaners, polishing abrasives, or harsh cleaners or soap.