Technology is a wonderful thing, especially when it can help you make the most of your indoor plumbing. Your pipes work faithfully everyday to keep a steady flow of water in and out of your home, and you can take advantage of that by installing some updated hardware to maximize your water use.
Touchless Kitchen Faucet
A faucet that doesn’t even need to be touched to turn on and off—sounds like something out of a futuristic science fiction movie, but now it’s a reality. It’s possible, and actually very easy, to install a hands-free faucet that can sense what you’re trying to accomplish and respond to your needs as soon as you make the motion for it.
With multiple sensors, you can just wave your hand near a certain place along your faucet, and water will come pouring out. Based on the sensor you choose, you can opt for high intensity water to fill pots and pans, or a light spray for rinsing fruit and washing hands. You can install this type of faucet yourself or hire your plumber for some extra help.
If you install the faucet yourself, you’ll need to close the hot and cold water shutoff valves under your sink and use a basin wrench to disconnect both water-supply lines. Next you’ll need to get your old faucet out of there by twisting off the hand sprayer from the spray hose and prying the retainer clip with a narrow screwdriver. Once it’s disconnected, drain any water from the spray hose into a bucket and pull the fixture out.
Now it’s time for your new faucet! You’ll start with the mounting plate and gasket on the sink deck and continue by feeding the new hoses and cable through the hole in the mounting plate. Follow installation instructions and then plug water-supply lines, power line, and data cable into the fittings along the control box. Once everything is in place, you can open the shutoff valves and test it all out!
Plan for an hour or two to complete this task, which is considered easy to moderate with only basic plumbing skills required. You’ll save water and money while utilizing your plumbing for all it’s worth!