Automatically Timed Single Handle Faucets
This timed or “metering” faucet automatically turns the water off after a maximum preset time – up to 20 seconds. User pushes down and turns the knob for hot or cold water. If the user just pushes down, without turning, the water flows at room temperature. It also has anti-scald protection.
Available in a 4-inch center-set model only for bathroom usage. (If your existing knobs do not measure 4 inches from the center of the right knob to the center of the left knob, you will not be able to use this model).
- Hot and cold water. This faucet can provide hot, cold, or room temperature water depending on how the handle is pushed and/or turned. Most single-handle faucets do not offer this choice. This feature makes it more like a normal faucet – hot water for washing dishes and cold water for drinking.
- Scald reduction feature. There is a high “temperature limit stop” that can be adjusted during installation to limit how hot the water can become. This feature is especially helpful if you live in an apartment and cannot lower the water heater temperature.
Make sure you test the hot water during installation to see if the hot water is temperate enough. Maximum hot water temperature allowed in nursing homes is 110F at the tap.
- The person may not be able to use the faucet independently if he or she is used to a two-handled faucet. In this case, put up a sign similar to “Push down on knob for water.”
- You need to hire a plumber to re-adjust the hot water temperature after installation.
- The person could become agitated when the water stops flowing, for example, when doing the dishes or filling a pot with water.
Automatically Timed Two Handled Faucets
These timed or “metering” faucets automatically turn off after ten seconds. They’re available in a regular or gooseneck spout. You need to be aware that most kitchen sinks require an 8-inch size “center-set” and bathrooms, a 4-inch size. Measure from the center of one knob to the center of the other.
- Hot and Cold Water: Both hot water for hand washing or dishes and cold water for drinking are available.
- Familiar design may enhance independent usage. As many care receivers have used this faucet style during their younger years, they may find it easier to use than an electronic sensor faucet that works by sensing a person’s hand underneath the faucet.
- The person may not know how to use the faucet. In this case, put up a sign similar to “Push down on knob for water”. The person could become agitated when the water stops flowing – for example, when doing the dishes or filling a pot with water.
If the person cannot distinguish the hot from the cold water knob:
- Place a HOT sign, in large red bold letters, directly above the hot water handle.
- Apply red waterproof duct tape to the hot water knob. If your care receiver disapproves, say it is for the grandchildren’s safety or only apply the tape to a small but noticeable area of the handle.
- Install an anti-scald device.