Converting to Single-Handle Faucets

3 Tips on Converting from Dual Handle to Single Handle Faucets

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or bathroom or just fixing a leaky faucet, you’re going to find a slew of choices when it comes to the faucet itself. You may be able to just replace a gasket to stop the leak, or you may need to call in a professional. If you opt to call a plumber to make a repair or install a new faucet, it may the perfect time to switch to a sleek, modern single-handle faucet.

Most older offices and homes in Raleigh have dual faucet systems. That’s because single-handle faucets weren’t even invented until 1947. Alfred Moen came up with the design after getting burned from a hot water tap at work one evening. Because of that accident, you have more choices.

DIY is Possible, But Unfriendly

It’s feasible for you to convert your current two-handle system on your own. Kits are available at plumbing supply outlets and even in the big-box stores. But it’s not a simple procedure. In addition to the conversion kit, you need special tools like a jigsaw and soldering torch. And you never know what you’re going to find behind the walls once you start making holes, especially if you’re dealing with older plumbing.

Experienced plumbers like the team at Midtown Plumbing not only perform the conversion cleanly and efficiently, they also can advise you on the brand, style and valve-replacement quality you need. You’ll appreciate that free advice once you start exploring the plethora of available options!

Why Make the Switch?

When your double or triple-handle sinks and showers have aged to the point that they’re no longer repairable, that’s the perfect time to convert. Small children, seniors and people with disabilities may find a single-handle system to be easier to manage than a double-handle faucet. Tiny, fragile or impaired hands often have difficulty grabbing and turning small objects.

As a result, single-handle faucets offer more than just an esthetic upgrade; they’re a functional upgrade as well. Single-handle systems tend to be safer, too. Other benefits of single-handle faucets include:

Ask for Advice

Make sure you ask all your questions before the work begins. Single-handle faucets do have some drawbacks that your Midtown Plumbing professional can tell you about, such as:

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Mark B. - Chariot Creative, Inc.