How To Choose The Right Faucet For Your Washbasins

Faucets are an essential part of our bathrooms and kitchens. Imagine a life where we don't have faucets and are forced to equip ourselves differently. The uses of faucets range from delivering water to our kitchen to even industrial purposes. Such is the versatility of faucets. Faucets, often known as taps or nals in our homes come in different shapes and variations as well.

Why is it important to choose the right kind of faucet for your home?

Our faucets are made of brass, one of the most rust-resistant elements in the world, which is a one-time investment that lasts you for a lifetime. Our Ruhe Brass faucets are equipped with German foam flow technology that prevents excess water flow and leads to minimal water wastage. 

Within brass, there are various categories and our faucets are made from 100% pure brass ingot which is non-recycled. 

Are faucets easy to replace?

Faucets are easy to replace, especially for people who have experience in DIYs. let us go through some of the steps of replacing a faucet:

  1. Shut off the water supply from the main connection. 
  2. Disconnect the water lines using wrenches. There might be some spills too, so be ready. 
  3. Remove the old faucet. Unscrew the nuts and use a wrench to loosen it up. Once loose, remove the faucet from the place. 
  4. Clean the area as desired using water or soap and fit your new faucet from Ruhe.

Are faucets recyclable?

Yes, faucets are recyclable. Faucets are typically made of metal, such as brass, which is a mix of copper and zinc and also may be available in stainless steel. At Ruhe, we have both of these available. However, there are a few considerations when it comes to recycling. Such as separation of materials, local recycling programs, refurbishing and reuse, etc. 

Are faucets made of brass?

Yes, most faucets are made up of brass. Brass is a popular choice among manufacturers like ourselves as well who choose brass for the sole purpose that brass is highly resistant to corrosion, its durability and aesthetic appeal. But, that's not all. Faucets are also made up of stainless steel materials and zinc alloys, both durable and resistant to corrosion. Faucets often have a finish applied to the surface for aesthetic reasons and to protect against corrosion and tarnishing. These finishes can include chrome plating, nickel plating, bronze plating, and others, which can give the faucet a specific look while influencing its resistance to wear and tear.

How to clean faucet cartridges?

Cleaning a faucet cartridge can help improve the performance of your faucet by removing mineral deposits, debris, and other build-ups that can cause blockages or reduce water flow. Here's a step-by-step guide to cleaning a faucet cartridge:

  • Turn Off the Water Supply: 

Before you begin, it's important to shut off the water supply to the faucet. Look for the shut-off valves under the sink and turn them clockwise to close them. If you can't find local shut-off valves, you may need to turn off the main water supply to your house.

  • Remove the Faucet Handle: 

The process for removing the faucet handle can vary depending on your faucet model. Generally, you'll need to locate a set screw on the handle, which may be hidden under a decorative cap. Use an Allen wrench or a screwdriver to remove the set screw and lift off the handle.

  • Take Out the Cartridge:

With the handle off, you'll see the cartridge. There may be a retaining nut or clip holding the cartridge in place. Use pliers or a wrench to remove this, being careful not to damage any parts. Once any retaining hardware is removed, you can pull the cartridge out. It might require some gentle wiggling to free it if it's stuck.

  • Clean the Cartridge:

Rinse the cartridge under running water to remove loose debris. For mineral deposits, soak the cartridge in white vinegar for a few hours. This will help dissolve calcium and lime buildup. After soaking, use a soft brush (like an old toothbrush) to gently scrub away any remaining deposits.

  • Inspect and Replace O-rings:

Check the rubber O-rings on the cartridge and the faucet for wear or damage. If they're cracked or brittle, replace them to ensure a good seal and prevent leaks.

  • Reassemble the Faucet:

Once the cartridge and O-rings are clean (and replaced if necessary), reinsert the cartridge into the faucet. Secure it with the retaining nut or clip, replace the handle, and tighten the set screw.

  • Turn On the Water Supply

Turn the water supply back on by opening the shut-off valves you closed at the beginning. Check the faucet for leaks and ensure it operates smoothly.

DISCLAIMER: One is not advised to clean cartridges themselves and is suggested to seek professional help to avoid any leakages and damage. 

Sensor Faucets? What are those?

Sensor faucets, also known as touchless faucets or automatic faucets, are plumbing fixtures equipped with motion detection sensors that allow them to turn on and off automatically. These faucets are designed to provide water flow without the need for physical contact. They use infrared sensor technology to detect the presence of hands or objects near the faucet, activating the water flow when movement is detected and stopping it when the object is no longer present. This prevents the spreading of bacteria and germs. Fun fact about sensor faucets, they auto shut after one hand wash, which makes them a sustainable choice as well. 

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