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Plumbing advice from experts

Plumbing advice from experts

Plumbing is a service not many men can handle. Plumbing issues and problems are better to be left to professionals – ΥΔΡΑΥΛΙΚΟΙ ΑΘΗΝΑ.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of cast iron baths?

Cast iron is a classic. They are massive, reliable, serve for a long time, the water inside them cools slowly, and makes no noise when filled. But at the same time it is very heavy.

A typical 170 x 70 cm cast iron bath weighs up to 150 kg depending on the time and country of production. Old Soviet models 70-80-weigh about 130 kg, modern Russian-made baths are made of light cast iron and weigh about 90 kg. The Turks and the Chinese, who are now common in our market, are easier, but only slightly. Therefore, you must be sure that the cast iron bath will enter the door not only of the apartment but also of the elevator, and its elevation to the top floor is not an enjoyable task.

Is it possible to determine the quality of the casting and coating of the bath with the eye?

Casting in cast iron baths initially quality, this process is controlled. But when you apply enamel, it can be a violation. There should be no visible defects on the surface: black spots, cavities, spiders, chips, brushes – in the future there may be rust in these places. If the enamel is applied very thinly, after a while, yellow spots appear along the perimeter of the entire inner surface.

What could be a non-slip coating on the bottom of the bath?

To achieve a non-slip effect in cast iron baths is problematic because of the properties of cast iron, these models are sliding champions. But for some, the design includes bottom training, which will provide a higher coefficient of friction and improve user stability.

Unfortunately, to achieve the “two in one” effect – the aesthetics of this pattern and its effectiveness in reducing size – does not work for cast iron. Either aesthetics and a little good, or good and sad appearance.

What are the advantages of acrylic baths overcast iron?

They heat up faster. The cast iron bath must first be heated, and only then does it keep the heat of the water. In addition, acrylic due to its lower porosity has good non-slip properties because of its lower porosity. Acrylic bath is much easier to cast iron, a woman can even move it.

Acrylic allows you to create products of any shape. The only thing that can be considered as a very disadvantageous condition for an acrylic bath is the gap between it and the wall which remains when integrated due to the small radius of rounded edges. It must be sealed with silicone. Solid acrylic does not absorb dirt, does not yellow, does not change its original colour. The introduction of antibacterial additives makes the bath healthy.

What is the lifespan of acrylic baths?

The quality of coverage is virtually unlimited. For example, the company 24gr.gr give a guarantee for 10 years and then depend on how carefully the consumer uses the bathroom.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of acrylic coatings?

They can be inserted into old cast iron or steel baths, but there is a very high probability of bubbles, irregularities and swelling around the perimeter of the acrylic container. Providing rigidity to the factory at home is impossible.

What is the fundamental difference between quartz and acrylic baths?

A composite material based on acrylic and quartz sand, more durable compared to conventional acrylic. Yes, and the construction technology they have is different: an acrylic bath is obtained by vacuum heat treatment, quartz. Among other things, quarries have the highest non-slip characteristics of all types of bath materials. The Aquarian bath can be built in flush, including a place on the floor, because the transitions are at a 90 ° angle.

What are the characteristics of bathroom valves, what do they like?

The most common are wall-mounted models when the pipe ducts are on a wall and a mixer is hung on them. Independent – rather the exception to the rule, they are placed with separate baths, and this requires a large bathroom. And there are faucets that are placed on a bath or on the side – these are design solutions for those who want maximum comfort so that the water can be adjusted while in the bathroom.

Which shower switch is more reliable: push-button or flag?

The one to whom less effort is applied. In this sense, the button switch wins: when you change the water supply from the mouth to the shower, you have to lift the lock with the button and when you turn off the water, it returns. The flag switch must be moved with each change in water supply between the mouthpiece and the water tank so that it serves less.

To increase the life of the switch, its position must be changed not to the maximum head, but to a partial one, then the load will be less. In addition, these switches are divided into real button and exhaust. The first is more convenient: when the hands are in the soap, it is easier to press than to pull.

With low water pressure, the switch with the button does not hold the position of the shower and returns, but the flag does not have such a problem – it works in the position in which it is installed. In old houses where the water pressure is insufficient, we recommend installing a mixer with a flag switch.

What are mixed scales?

Learning from nature is a popular trend. In designer mixers, the waterfall elements mimic waterfalls, so that the water flow is perceived more harmoniously and efficiently. With complete imitation, without ventilation, the flow of water more, except for a mixed waterfall will not succeed.

But recently, jet laminating technologies have emerged without saturating the air – and the water is saved and there is no splashing. A single jet seems to consist of a large number of small currents, while there is no characteristic rot, which occurs during ventilation.

Such models are for the sink and the bathroom, now there are storm showers. They create a pleasant effect as if you were standing under a waterfall.

What is the principle of operation of a thermostatic mixer?

A thermostat is a device that maintains a given water temperature. It provides not only comfort but also safety: the possibility of burning with water or on the surface of the mixer is excluded. Everyone decides for themselves if they need this device. But in apartments, where when you turn on cold water in the kitchen, the water in the shower becomes hotter, a thermostatic mixer is necessary.

There are many models of thermostats, but the fundamental difference – only in the method of installation. It can be external (wall) or built-in. In the latter case, only the control panel with handles is visible and the device itself is inside.

When choosing a thermostat, keep in mind that the hot and cold water supply must exactly match the markings on the mixer handle. If the red circle is drawn on the left, the blue is on the right and in fact the opposite is true, then a normal mixer based on a ceramic cartridge will tolerate it, but the thermostat will not work.

The problem of inconsistencies can be solved by using a thermostatic cartridge for reverse connection, which must be purchased in a set on a standard device.

There is a stereotype that thermostats are complex devices that fail quickly. Nothing like that. Their lifespan is about 25 years. thermal elements fail much less often than ceramic cassettes.

What is the best investment for the mixer: flexible or rigid?

A number of mixers are supplied with rigid connections – copper pipes that are already sealed in the housing. You can look for the pros and cons, but such a design is a priori more reliable, because its quality is controlled in production. A complete set of expensive products with third party accessories is always fraught with problems.

Unskilled plumbers often refuse to install hard liners. But in this case, the mixer and flexible eyeliner must be of high quality. For example, we specifically protect our appliances from the possibility of other people installing hoses: to change the hose, we must completely disassemble the mixer. This is important, because about 80% of flood problems are related to flexible investment.

What are the main causes of mixer breakage?

For example, in the land of Athens the water is very hard and if you do not install thick filters, then in half a year the parts of the mixer that come in contact with the water will overflow with stone. You can only deal with it with regular care. General treatment – a solution of citric or acetic acid.

Softens calcium salts without damaging the mixer floor. Sometimes, when you open the water, the handle turns or pulls sharply – this can damage the inner metal parts of the handle by a fraction of five millimeters or deform the mouth. There are many requests for ventilators – there is a complex problem here, including clean water and unsuccessful attempts to clean the ventilator on its own.

To remove it, you need a service wrench and careless use of an adjustable wrench ends with the thread splitting into the spout. Instead, the ventilator must change the entire orifice.

In which direction are the mixers moving?

A growing number of water-saving models. You do not need much pressure to wash. And if earlier the standard mixer consumed about 12-14 l of water per minute, now there are models, for example, Athens, which use only 5 l. The same goes for watering cans. At the same time, the consumer does not feel deprived of water.

What is the warranty period for the mixer?

Five years. But that does not mean that after five years the device will break. This is the period during which the company guarantees its flawless work. Otherwise, if the failure was caused by the manufacturer, everything will be repaired or replaced.

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