ASK THE PLUMBER By Ed Del Grande

Faucet update helps start the year with a splash

By Ed Del GRande Scripps Howard News Service Published:

Dear Ed:

My New Year's resolution this year is to improve the plumbing in my home. The plumbing system itself is solid; I'm looking to make a fixture change since they are all outdated. But like most families, money is tight this time of year.

If I can pick one plumbing fixture to change, which one would you recommend?

-- Todd, Ohio

Dear Todd:

From what I've seen as a plumber, I have to say that a new kitchen faucet can really make a splash when it comes to upgrading your plumbing system.

Installing a kitchen faucet is usually a very affordable plumbing project, and it can change the look and feel of the entire kitchen.

Here are three popular kitchen faucet choices:

• Pull-down or pull-out spray head faucets. These faucets have built-in spray heads, making cleanup a breeze since they are so easy to operate. Also, the sleek design can really clean up the look of your kitchen.

• Filter-type kitchen faucets. If you're looking to have a kitchen faucet that can double as a beverage faucet, installing a faucet with a built-in filter system is a clear choice.

• Touchless-style kitchen faucet. This is one of the best types of kitchen faucets if you like to do a lot of cooking. With a touchless faucet you can prepare food and turn the faucet on and off without touching any handles. A touchless kitchen faucet can also conserve water because with just one wave, you can save!

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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