Faucet use literacy: 6 major mistakes you made
In the past year or two, due to the incident of excessive lead in faucets, everyone has paid more attention to the health of household water. In fact, in addition to the quality of the faucet itself when purchasing, its installation and daily use also have a great impact on our water health. Few people have never noticed…
Regardless of space and usage needs, most families only buy many faucets of the same kind to install in the house. In fact, it is unscientific. A single family can have at least three types of faucets: single cold, cold and warm, and bubbling.
1. At least three types, install faucets in different spaces
Faucets are classified according to their purpose. They can be divided into basins, kitchen basins, bathtubs, washing machines and mop pool faucets. In terms of function and structure, they can be divided into single-cooled ordinary faucets, induction faucets, heating and cooling faucets, and Water-saving faucets for aerators, etc., basins, kitchen basins, bathtub faucets generally use heating and cooling types and types with aerators. Washing machines and mop pool faucets use single-cooling faucets. It is generally not recommended to buy them in places such as balconies. The faucet of the bubbler can not only speed up the washing speed of the mop, but also increase the washing capacity, but it has a certain water saving effect.
Many people think that it’s okay to buy a hot and cold faucet at home but only connect to one inlet hose. In fact, the ceramic valve core has a three-port interconnection structure, and the water from the two inlet hoses is mixed before the water outlet from the faucet. If it flows out, there is only one hot and cold water faucet, and it will be unusable. Many people don’t know it, so they think that the quality of cold and heat control is not good.
2. The hot and cold water faucet cannot be directly connected to a water pipe
The hot and cold faucet uses the different opening angles on the two sides of the ceramic valve core to control the mixing ratio of hot and cold water, thereby realizing the water temperature adjustment function. Connect two water inlet hoses, then connect one to the angle valve, and plug the other with a wire plug.
Many people know to install a faucet, but they don’t know to install an angle valve. The water outlet of the angle valve is at a 90 degree right angle to the water inlet, which can connect the inner wall water pipe and the faucet hose and control the water flow switch.
3. The connection between the faucet and the water pipe must have an angle valve
All hot and cold faucets (with hot and cold water inlet hoses) must use angle valves to connect with water pipes, and quick-open faucets such as washing machine faucets, mop pool faucets, etc., can be directly connected to water pipes, so no angle valves are needed. Generally speaking, each hot and cold faucet needs two angle valves to match each other. In case of water leakage in the faucet, just close the angle valve, which will not affect the water use in other places in the house.
How long has the faucet in your house been cleaned?? Although we use the faucet almost every day, few people pay attention to the cleaning of the faucet surface or even the inside.
4. The exterior and interior of the water hose should be cleaned regularly
After installing the faucet, it is recommended to clean the surface of the faucet every other month, such as stains, fingerprints, etc., rinse the surface with water and dry it with a soft cloth; while maintaining the appearance of the brightness, you can clean it with car wax once a month. The cleaning of the surface is for aesthetics, and the internal cleaning is the most important factor affecting the service life.
In addition, if the water volume of the faucet decreases or there is a water fork, it means that the aerator of the faucet is blocked. At this time, the aerator should be removed, and after soaking in vinegar, use a small brush or other tools to clean the debris. Then reinstall it.
Most people are accustomed to using the faucet directly when they wake up in the morning, but generally speaking, before using the faucet the next day, the water accumulated in the faucet overnight should be drained before use.
5. The faucet cannot be used immediately
For faucets, people “smelt the color of lead”. In fact, no matter how good the faucet is, it is difficult to avoid more or less lead element precipitation pollution, but in general, due to the effect of the lead protective film in the faucet, its content is greatly increased. Reduce to the standard level.
However, the long-term retention of water in the faucet will cause the lead protective film to fall off, and the lead element will precipitate when it is dissolved in water. Especially traditional faucets and water pipes are more prone to rust and pollute the water quality. Therefore, you need to drain the yellow water in the pipes when you get up early. In terms of product selection, stainless steel faucets are relatively healthy, but the price will be higher.
The house is bought and the decoration is good. For everything in the home, except for the big things such as home appliances, many things will last for ten years or decades after use. That’s why we pay so much attention to the quality of household products, but like faucets. Even if the product hasn’t been broken after many years, you should update and replace them, because the faucet will have different degrees of rust after a long time.
6. The big-name leader is changed every five years and the other brand is changed every year
Faucet products with good brand reputation can be replaced every five years. If it is a faucet product that is relatively small or even without brand protection, it is recommended to replace it every year. As for non-drinking water faucets such as laundry, it can be used for a long time. It doesn’t matter at all, the 6-7 years old should be replaced.
Drinking water and water can be said to control the lifeblood of our daily life. If you want to protect your water health in daily life, you must pay more attention to the details of the installation and use of faucets, and fundamentally avoid the source of harm.