Bath Mixer Taps
Bath mixer taps compliment the utility and style of modern bathrooms. A bath mixer tap consists of two taps having a common spout, so that hot and cold water blends within the mixer, with both taps fed from a tank. Most of them are two-holed and suit a normal two-hole sink, where one tap is meant for hot water and the other for cold water. A few bath mixers have three holes with a middle hole, meant for the spout.
Bath mixers may be wall mounted, floor mounted and deck mounted depending on the bathroom design. A few of them are attached to a shower, having a control knob, which directs the flow of water from the spout towards the shower sprinkler. They can be adjusted to release cold or hot water or a combination of both to bring a desired temperature, using the available settings. Hence, optimal heat can be achieved with ease without the risk of scalds. The filler model blends hot and cold water in the faucet, while the mixer model blends hot and cold water before they reach the faucet. A ceramic valve controls water flow, and temperature can be controlled manually.
They are usually made of glass, granite, ceramic, acrylic and steel. The metals used are brass, copper, cast iron, aluminum, wrought iron and a few others, all of which are finished to give varying textures such as rusted, antique, platina, lacquered, silver-plated and polished.
The quality of bath mixer taps depends on the ease of handling and the water release. For instance, it should allow easy operation, even when the user is blindfolded by soap or shampoo on the face. They should be positioned optimally, using professional installation techniques, keeping away leaks.
While installing new mixer taps or replacing older ones, the bathroom style with regard to other accessories has to be considered, so that the mixer taps match the basin taps and sink unit.