Dear Ed: My current kitchen faucet has a very strong, dense jet of water that splatters when it hits the sink, dishes, my hands, etc. I’m looking for a new kitchen faucet with a nice soft water flow. Any recommendations?
– Travis, Arizona
Dear Travis: The first thing you need to do with kitchen and bathroom fittings is to ensure that you are following local installation codes. In many areas, lower flow rates are required to conserve water. The good news is that you can usually just swap out your existing faucet aerator for a water-saving aerator to meet the codes.
In most cases, these aerators reduce water consumption by mixing a high volume of air with the water while ensuring an even flow. A high quality high-performance aerator can also reduce splashing due to the softer air / water mixture. So if you want to tame the flow of water on your existing faucet, install a new water-saving aerator.
If you are looking for a brand new faucet, manufacturers make highly efficient kitchen faucets with the built in water saving technology.
Bottom line: You can reduce splash and save water at the same time by simply installing highly efficient aerators and faucets.
Dear Ed: We plan to turn an unused space into a home spa. We install a luxury plumbing fixture along with a toilet and sink. What’s your suggestion for a relaxing plumbing faucet that we can enjoy for a while instead of jumping in and out?
– Joan, Wisconsin
Dear Joan: There are many good facilities for home spas, such as: B. Custom showers, hot tubs, and steam rooms. While decisions like these are relaxing, they can wear you down a little sooner than expected.
So if you’re looking for a faucet that you can enjoy over a longer period of time, you might want to have a gentler, more spalike experience.
I recommend looking into an air bath commonly known as a bubble massage tub. Bubble massage baths have tiny air holes at the bottom of the bath that release thousands of tiny bubbles to gently massage you as you stretch out in the tub.
So, if you’ve ever dreamed of taking a long soak in a tall glass of champagne, a bubble massage tub can really get your pipe wet.
General contractor / plumber Ed Del Grande is internationally known as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Visit”, host of TV and Internet shows and LEED Green Associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write to [email protected]