Choosing A Faucet For Your Whirlpool Choosing A Faucet For Your Whirlpool
While whirlpool faucets come in a wide variety of styles, they are all mounted in one of two ways: Wall mounted or deck mounted.
1. Wall Mounted Whirlpool Faucets
Wall-mounted faucets are very much in the minority. The plumbing, handle and faucet are fitted in the wall to keep the whirlpool deck cleaner. Positioning of the faucet should be carefully planned to make operation from the tub easy.
Single handle faucets are mounted in pairs, one for hot and one for cold.
Double handle faucets mix the hot and cold water when they arrive at the faucet. Each handle controls the amount of hot or cold water allowed to the faucet.
A mixer faucet has one handle but it is connected to both the hot and cold water supplies. The position of the handle controls how much hot water and how much cold water is allowed into the tub.
2. Deck Mounted Whirlpool Faucets
Deck-mounted faucets are fitted into the deck with the plumbing under the deck. This can make servicing easier. Deck-mounted faucets can be placed in the ideal position for operating from in the tub.
Single handle faucets are usually mounted in pairs, one for hot and one for cold water.
A mixer faucet has only one handle that is connected to both the hot and cold water supplies. The water mix is made before the water leaves the faucet. Many mixer faucet handles control the flow of water by their angle. Raising the handle slightly starts the water flowing and raising it more increases the flow. The faucet is turned off by lowering the handle. This means that the handle can be left at an ideal mix point. Rotating the handle changes the mix of hot and cold water.
Mixer With Shower
A mixer faucet with a shower has an extra push-pull control. This diverts the water from the faucet to a hand-held shower unit. The shower unit hose will usually retract under the deck so you don’t have the shower hose in the way.
A double-handle faucet mixes the water as it arrives at the faucet. Each handle controls the hot or the cold water entering the faucet.
Double Handle With Shower
A double handle faucet with a shower has an additional control that switches the water to a hand-held shower unit. The shower unit will retract under the deck so that the hose is not a nuisance.
Choosing the right faucet begins with knowing where it will be mounted. Next you decide what type you want. Once you know the type and mounting location you can check out the wide variety of finishes that are available. Choose a general contemporary design so that it will still fit in even if you change the look of your bathroom.