An important though at first glance not very noticeable part of a bathroom are the taps - bath, shower, washbasin and bidet.
Taps for a washbasin or bidet are intended to create a stream of water at the desired temperature, while bath and shower tap units have to deal with larger flow rates as well. Bathtub mixer taps consist of a spout and a valve to connect the shower hose.
The most popular are the classic chrome taps, as well as coloured versions - white, black and red are available. The advantage of coloured tap units is the ease in keeping them clean - any dirt on the surface is less visible.
There are many types of taps on the market. Most are still economical double tap mixer units having with two taps to separately regulate the flow of cold and hot water.
Due to the need for convenience, greater durability and reliability, single lever mixer units are becoming ever more popular. In these the both temperature and flow are regulated with one hand. Hot and cold water is supplied to the unit, while temperature control is achieved by changing the position of the handle in one plane. To adjust the flow of water, the lever is moved up or down. Single-lever units have no moving parts or internal rubber seals as sources of leaks.
Thermostatic facets may be a cost-effective purchase. These units have a built-in thermostat that mixes the hot and cold water to achieve a stable temperature. By accurately setting the water temperature, it helps prevent excessive wear. These units can be particularly cost-effective when we have a hot water consumption meter installed - thanks to the precision temperature control we can reduce our water consumption. Thermostatic facets also work well with gas water heaters equipped with automatic temperature control of water, while heaters with manual adjustment may experience some problems.
When we buy our taps we should pay attention to the price, availability of spare parts and warranty service (especially in the case of thermostatic units).