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4 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Bathroom Fixtures

Tired of constantly repairing or replacing your bathroom fixtures? If so, you’re likely not incorporating the right materials. While some metals may boast cheaper prices and flashier styles, they don’t always last long. With these methods helping to guide your next bathroom fixture choices you’ll be able to keep your faucets looking better and lasting longer.

Forged Brass Faucets

One of the longest lasting metal materials used in plumbing, forged brass will keep your pipes from cracking for years to come. Their dense design keeps them from leaking as often as other metal fixtures while also giving off a smooth design. Like with all metal fixtures, please be careful of the amount of lead that can build up in resting water and make sure your material supplier keeps the lead count low.

Nickel Finish

While the majority of faucets in the modern home all come in stainless steel or chrome finishes, a nickel finish offers a unique advantage over the others. With its matte finish you won’t have to worry about constantly removing fingerprints and other minor smudges from the surface, leading to less cleaning with harsh chemicals. In turn, this prolongs the life of the finish by keeping the chemicals from corroding the material over time.

Ceramic Parts

Oftentimes the small, moving parts inside the bathroom features need constant attention or replacement due to wear and tear. Even though steel and plastic can be cheap and efficient, they don’t last long. Ceramic parts are more expensive but are more durable and last longer than their cheap counterparts.

Range of Motion

The majority of home-owners, especially those with children, often replace their faucets due to leaks that spring up due to overturning the moving parts. With todays sleek and smooth designs it can be hard to see where exactly the full range of motion for your faucet is. Including a small detail or design into your faucet that indicates the range of motion can help prevent over-exertion of the system and keep the faucet working longer.

With these tips in mind any aspiring self-plumber or bathroom designer will be able to keep their faucets and fixtures running longer with less time repairing or replacing worn-down parts.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Toilet Partitions

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act? (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a mandate that prohibits discrimination against those who suffer from disabilities. All new commercial facilities and places of public accommodation must be constructed and designed to be useable and accessible by all disabled persons. All structurally practicable facilities constructed must be updated to standard based off the provided Standards for Accessible Design.

The Department of Justice published the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) title III regulations, which included the ADA Standards for Accessible Design (1991 Standards), on July 26, 1991. These regulations adopted revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, “2010 Standards.”.

Will I be fined for violating the ADA standards?

Yes. If your facility does not meet the federal guidelines the laws will be enforced at a federal level. Failure to maintain documented standards can result in fines not exceeding $50,000 for the first violation and not exceeding $100,000 for the following violations.

To ensure all accessibility-compliant toilet partitions, urinal screens and other accessories are installed properly be mindful of architectural requirements and use the provided diagrams.

Toilet partitions and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Restroom partitions are classified as either a standard stall or an alternative stall. A visual representation of these two can be found easily by reviewing figure 30(a) for standard stalls and figure 30(b) for alternative stalls.

The standard stall’s minimum width is 60 inches (1525 mm). Two alternate stalls are permitted for alterations only; one alternate stall is required to be 36 inches (915 mm) wide. The other alternate stall is required to be a minimum of 48 inches (1220 mm) wide. More measurements to follow including the correct location of the grab bars, toilet tissue dispensers, and water closets can be found here in Figure 30. Toilet Stalls.

What else can make my bathroom ADA compliant?

For more information regarding these regulations please visit ADA.gov.