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Touchless Faucets and COVID-19

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The sudden and far-reaching COVID-19 pandemic has caused all of us to rethink many aspects of our lives, from how we work to how we interact with others and how we keep ourselves protected from illness. A significant effort has been placed this year on stopping the spread of COVID-19. Efforts to “flatten the curve” on illustrative charts that show the rate of spread have become a top priority. 

A simple and affordable way to slow the spread of the coronavirus and other pathogens while also conserving resources is installing touchless faucets in your home or business. Plymouth Plumbing & Heating is your premier source for Faucets and Fixtures for both commercial and residential applications, including various models and styles of touchless faucets. 

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How Can Touchless Faucets Protect Me from COVID-19?

By now, everyone knows that a primary means of protecting yourself from COVID-19 is thorough and frequent hand washing. Touchless faucets provide an additional protection, especially in locations where more than one person has access to a sink. This is the most common situation in most homes, as well as in every business.

Prevent Contamination

Prevention is always key, and touchless faucets provide a way to prevent the inadvertent spread of viruses through touching common surfaces. Even when washing hands, touching the handles of a faucet are required. Turning on the sink is the necessary first step, and we do this with unwashed hands. Considering that there are up to 229,000 germs per square inch on the handles of frequently used faucets, this makes a faucet handle one of the primary ways the virus can spread. 

A study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology discovered that the average bathroom faucet handle can harbor 21 times the bacteria of your toilet seat. But it gets even worse — the average kitchen faucet handles and sink can have 44 times the bacteria of your toilet seat. 

Touchless faucets remove the necessity of touching any part of the sink or fixture, allowing users to wash their hands or otherwise use the sink without contaminating themselves or others

Promote Hand Washing

Plus, touchless faucets can actually promote hand washing because they offer easy and fun access to water. Simply hold your hands underneath the faucet and water is provided. Move your hands away and the water is shut off. Hand washing is made easier for everyone, especially when busy or in a hurry.

Prompt Cleaning

Touchless faucets have less parts, with no handles, and are easily cleaned. Simply wipe the length of the water spout with a disinfecting cleaner or wipe each day, as well as the sink. Keeping your touchless faucet clean should be a snap, considering that it doesn’t need to be touched in any way to operate. Any inadvertent touches will be easily sterilized by your daily simple cleaning. 

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How Do Touchless Faucets Work?

A touchless faucet operates via a sensor that detects the presence of your hand. When the sensor detects motion, it triggers the valve to turn on and allow water to flow through the spout. Touchless faucets are simple in design, needing only four components to work.

The Eye or Sensor

The eye or sensor detects any motion within a close range and triggers the valve. Most use infrared light or ultrasonic energy to detect movement and the lack of movement, which shuts off the valve. These sensors are typically located at the lip or base of the spout, so they can easily detect motion without any obstructions.

The Water Valve

The water valve is what actually allows the flow of water when it is needed. It operates in conjunction with the sensor, which triggers an opening or closing action on the valve. Most water valves in touchless faucets consist of a rubber-like disc.

Electricity

Touchless faucets require electricity to operate. Touchless faucets come in varieties that run on batteries or require a nearby electrical socket. This is an important consideration when choosing touchless faucets for your particular application, both in your home or your business.

The Water Spout

The last piece of your touchless faucet is the water spout. This component contains the sensor eye and channels the water flow into the sink for use. This is the portion that gains the most attention, because it is available in different materials, styles, and sizes to fit a variety of sinks and applications.

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Are There Many Styles of Touchless Faucets Available?

Plymouth Plumbing & Heating features a wide range of touchless faucets for residential and commercial kitchens, bathrooms, break rooms, and other applications. Touchless faucets are available in different materials, styles, and sizes. When choosing touchless faucets for your home or business, you should consider: 

  • Number of faucets needed 
  • Type of sink 
  • Area color scheme and style (Kitchen, bathroom, wash/utility room, etc.) 
  • Nearest power source (for battery or plug-in varieties) 
  • Your budget 

The last consideration can vary widely depending on the style and material of touchless faucets you choose. Touchless faucets made of brass can easily be the most expensive, but present a beautiful aesthetic as well as enhanced durability. Zinc touchless faucets are among the most cost-effective. Others feature chrome, nickel, or brushed aluminum finishes that can enhance their durability and appearance.

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What are Some Other Benefits of Touchless Faucets?

Touchless faucets are also considered green plumbing because they control the flow of water during use. The average faucet runs about two gallons of water per minute. This is true while washing hands, dishes, brushing teeth, or performing other chores. The standard faucet stays on until turned off, allowing for extra water to flow while playing, washing, or brushing. This can add up over time. 

A touchless faucet operates hands-free by means of a sensor that only turns on the water flow when movement is detected. When movement stops, the water flow is shut off. This can save many gallons of water by controlling the flow of water in between wetting your toothbrush and rinsing, washing and rinsing dishes, and many other uses. This helps the environment as well as your monthly water bill. 

Touchless faucets are also safer and easier to use, especially with children or elderly loved ones in the home. You can set the temperature to avoid accidental scalding; plus, if the water is still too hot, simply moving the hands away from the faucet shuts off the water. People with arthritis that have trouble turning knobs will enjoy the ease of use as well, making their lives much simpler and contributing to their independence. 

Protecting your family and the public from the spread of COVID-19 should be at the top of your priority list, and Plymouth Plumbing & Heating can help you select the right touchless faucets for your residential or commercial applications. We can also provide professional installation to ensure proper and safe operation. Call us or send an online message today to ask for assistance.

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