There are various factors to consider when you intend to install a new plumbing fixture. Compatibility with existing components is an essential consideration for a successful installation. You should also consider upgrading to a higher efficiency component in order to recoup some of the costs associated with the fixture installation.
Compatibility and Fixture Installations
Your new fixture must be able to connect to other components as well as fit into the space vacated by the old fixture.
The spread, or space, between the hot and cold water connections of the new faucet, must be an exact match for the openings for the supply connections in your sink top. While most modern faucets and sinks have a 4-inch spread between the connections, there are some faucets that have a 6-inch gap.
This would make the faucet incompatible with the sink. A single handle faucet, of course, must be installed in a sink with a single opening in the center of the sink top.
The configuration and size of the faucet must also be taken into consideration. A straight spout that extends perilously close to the edge of a small sink will likely result in extensive splashing. A tall curving spout, while graceful and elegant in appearance, will be inconveniently obtrusive in a cramped location.
You must measure the distance from the bolts that connect the old toilet to the floor to the rear wall behind the toilet. The standard distance is 12 inches, but some toilets may be designed with a different configuration. A toilet with a measurement that is less than your current toilet may not fit in the existing space.
The design of the bowl should also be considered, especially if you are converting from a round bowl to an elongated oval bowl. This could cause crowding in a smaller bathroom.
Efficiency and Fixture Installations
There are many higher efficiency components that can save water with every use, and in turn, produce savings on your water bill. High-efficiency faucets rated as "WaterSense" products by the EPA cut water use by 30 percent but maintain the same water pressure in bathroom faucets.
High-efficiency toilets can use as little as 1.28 gallons of water per flush, much less than the 6 gallons of an old standard toilet.
You may also choose to install a slightly taller high-efficiency toilet for users that may have mobility issues. You can save the knees of impaired users from stress and strain while saving water for the household and the planet.
Explore all of your options for compatibility and efficiency when you decide to install a new plumbing fixture.
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