Choosing the Right Bathroom Faucets

Replacing bathroom fixtures like a bathroom sink faucet is a small change that can greatly enhance the look of your bathroom.

Bathroom faucets are available in an array of styles and finishes, and priced to suit any budget. In the case of a complete bathroom renovation or new home, you will have the flexibility to choose other fixtures based on your faucet.

Consider the following when selecting your bathroom faucet:

  • Size of sink and location of the holes
  • Function, style and finish
  • Number and type of handles
Planning Considerations
Most jurisdictions require maximum water flow be restricted to 2.2 gallons per minute (GPM) or 8.3 litres per minute (L/Min) at 60 psi for all new faucet installations. To ensure compliance, look for a logo from a third party certifier such as CSA, IAPMO, NSF, UL, or ETL.

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Function

  • Faucets may come with or without pop-up drain assembly.
  • Spouts may be aerated or non-aerated. Aerated spouts mix air with the water and utilize a screen and restrictor to limit flow while improving water pressure. Non-aerated spouts do not have a screen and allow water to flow freely, causing a waterfall-like effect.
  • Pullout design is available for some faucets, but usually more common with kitchen faucets. The flexible hose allows you to reach any part of your sink.
  • The internal valve mechanism governs the flow of water through the spout. The four valve types are: compression washers, washerless ball, washerless cartridge and washerless ceramic disc.
Valve Type Benefits Points to Consider
Compression Washers
  • Washers are inexpensive and easy to replace
  • Washers eventually wear out
  • May begin to drip over time
Washerless Ball
  • Durable and reliable
  • Must be used with a single-handle faucet
Washerless Cartridge
  • Durable and reliable
  • May be used with a single or two-handle faucet
  • Not as durable as ceramic discs
Washerless Ceramic Disc
  • May be used with a single or two-handle faucet
  • Easy to maintain
  • More expensive

Tips: Installation & Maintenance

Tips: Installation & Maintenance
  • Clean the surface where the faucet is to be installed.
  • Be sure to shut off your water.
  • If you are replacing an older faucet, avoid stripping the nuts by using penetrating oil to loosen them.
  • Water conditions and wear may affect the performance of your faucet over time. Changing the faucet cartridge or O-rings could significantly improve performance.
  • Clean your faucet using a damp cloth and mild soap; avoid using harsh abrasive cleaners.

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