Plumbers' Tips for Choosing a New Kitchen Faucet

Plumbers' Tips for Choosing a New Kitchen Faucet

Most people spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s both a place to make food and gather as a family. In some cultures, families spend hours in the kitchen each day preparing and eating meals together. Therefore, it’s important to have a kitchen that makes each step of food preparation, cooking, and cleaning as easy as possible. One of the most essential things to have in any kitchen is a nice faucet for the sink. Many kitchen tasks require a sink, from cleaning the dishes, to washing and chopping vegetables. At Roto-Rooter, our plumbers in Cambridge, MA, can help you fix up your old faucet if it is leaking or recommend a new faucet to meet your needs.

When it comes to purchasing a new faucet, style doesn’t really matter. There are hundreds of faucet styles on the market that will work, so when it comes to looks, make sure to select a faucet that will match your kitchen décor. The truly important factor when selecting a new faucet is the type of valve, handle, and finish it utilizes.

There are four different types of valves used in most faucets. Those are ceramic disc, compression, cartridge, and ball valves. The best type for durability is the ceramic disc valve. The best type of finish is created through a process called physical vapor deposition or PVD. These finishes come in different metal styles like nickel and brass. PVD tends to resist scratching better than traditional chrome or other finishes. The best types of handles for kitchen faucets are single handles that are not situated on the side of the faucet. The reason for this is that if you have just touched raw meat, it is harder to turn a side handle with the back of your hand or your wrist to prevent contamination.

Another thing you may want to consider for your new kitchen faucet is a pullout sprayer. Many newer faucet styles come with attached sprayers that make it convenient to wash foods in your sink.

As you may have noticed by now, there are many different styles and types of faucets to consider when you need to purchase a new one. Before you head out shopping for a new kitchen faucet, make sure to do thorough research. One of our plumbers in Cambridge, MA, can help you find the one that is best for you.

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