Everyone knows faucets are crucial to building – residential or commercial. They supply and regulate the flow of water from the pipes. They can be found in the kitchen, the bathroom, the basement, and even outside. Knowing the brand of faucet you have on your property makes it easy to find the right replacement part in case they become faulty. But there are many other important reasons to know.
Why Do I Need to Know the Faucet Brand Installed in My Home?
Surely you can’t be bothered with something so trivial, right? Wrong! Knowing your faucet brand can be important for many reasons.
Let’s say you love your current shower setup. You forgot the ask the builder or plumber what type of hardware you have and it breaks. If you knew what was installed, you could get the accurate duplicate faucet to replace a faulty one. You need not second guess your choice as you are certain you’re buying the right part for the job.
If it came with a warranty, you have access to any warranty coverage for your original faucet when you buy replacement parts directly from the manufacturer. Cool way to save some extra dollars on that repair job for the faucet, right?
Identifying your faucet brand means that whatever upgrade or add-on released by your faucet manufacturer remains compatible if you decide to use those extra features in the future.
Identifying Faucet Brands
There are several ways to identify your faucet brand. You can also use two or more identification methods to determine a faucet brand. These methods include:
- Using The Manufacturer’s Logo
The fastest way to identify a faucet brand is by searching for the manufacturer’s name or logo. It is important to clean the faucet handles, spouts, and escutcheon as the manufacturer’s name or logo could be imprinted anywhere.
- Using Spline Count
Most faucets in older homes cannot be identified using the logo, model number, or brand name. In such a case, you would have to detach the broken part. You’d likely be able to get the replacement parts by removing the faucet stem and counting the number of splines (teeth) on its broach.
- Using Stem Length
If you already have the broach of your faucet out, you may be able to identify the manufacturer and brand by measuring the length of the stem. There is a corresponding point number system to each measurement that gives the length of the stem when measured.
- Using a Broach Gauge
This is perhaps the most preferred way of identifying the faucet manufacturer and we highly recommend it. A broach gauge works by comparing the faucet handles or stem slot into it against a key to find the perfect match. This is a quick and efficient way of discovering a manufacturer’s brand name.
If all else fails, you could always carry the faucet stem along to your local hardware store and check for a replacement part that fits.
If that’s too much stress for you, why don’t you call us today at Captain Plumber and we’d have one of our experienced plumbers over in no time to look at your faucet. We’d love nothing more than to take that load off your chest!