Breaking News Bar
posted: 9/2/2012 5:02 AM

Ask the plumber: 'Touchless' kitchen faucets add nice touch

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Adding a touchless faucet without handles to your kitchen sink may help you "handle" conservation and cleanliness issues in your kitchen.

      Adding a touchless faucet without handles to your kitchen sink may help you "handle" conservation and cleanliness issues in your kitchen.
    courtesy of Kohler

 
By Ed Del Grande

Q. I don't have a plumbing problem, but I do have a plumbing question. On a recent open-house tour with a friend, I noticed a kitchen sink with two faucets. One was a standard faucet with handles and a spray. The other appeared to be a gooseneck-style electronic "touchless" faucet, the kind you see in commercial applications. Why would a home have a second electronic faucet like that on a kitchen sink? Was I seeing things?

A. More than likely, you saw a touchless commercial faucet on a residential sink. This is not that uncommon in "trendy" working kitchens, and personally I think it's a good idea.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Here's how most of these second kitchen-sink faucets are being used. The primary faucet is still the standard type, with handles and a spray. But a cook handling raw foods can use the touchless faucet to wash hands without contaminating any faucet handles. Also, if vegetables need to be rinsed off, the water will run only when the food is underneath the faucet. This can save water, because the electronic "on-off" faucets will not run constantly, as a standard sink faucet would.

Bottom line: Adding a touchless faucet without any handles to your kitchen sink may help you "handle" conservation and cleanliness issues.

• Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eddelgrande@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

Scripps Howard News Service

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here