Now, DIY plumbing projects are not uncommon. Many people can’t afford a plumber and may know a trick or two about solving their own plumbing issues. However, though it is generally easy to do most small plumbing tasks, if you have a ceramic faucet on your to-do list, you may wonder about the safety of it.
It isn’t much different than changing out a typical tap, though. The main difference between a traditional tap and a ceramic one is that the modern ceramic tap is made with two ceramic discs rather than the more conventional washers.
The benefits of installing a ceramic tap is that the two ceramic discs are more durable than rubber ones. They stand up better to water erosion, which means that they last a lot longer than the rubber ones do. It is also beneficial to those that have arthritis in their fingers that may cause pain when turning on an older model faucet. The ceramic taps are much easier to turn and require very little effort to turn on and off. Just be careful about turning the faucet too far, as this could cause a burst of water if done suddenly and harshly.
To install this new tap, you can follow a procedure almost identical to putting in a traditional tap. You start by turning off the water to the bathroom to ensure that there are no leaks or spurts of water when unhooking the older faucet. Also, turn off the hot water heater for good measure.
After this, take the little H and C tabs off of the faucet handles. They usually just pop off. Beneath them are little screws. Use a screwdriver to unscrew and remove the handles. When the handles are removed, take a wrench and start removing the body of the faucet. After the faucet has been taken up, go underneath the sink, locate the water lines and disconnect them. Afterward, locate the nuts that keep the taps in place and unscrew them. After doing all of this, you should now be able to remove the entire structure.
To install your new ceramic faucet, just follow the steps backwards. Absolutely do NOT turn on the water before everything’s done.