What is a Faucet Diverter Valve?
If ‘faucet diverter valve‘ just sounds like technical jargon to you, don’t worry, I reckon you are in good company. I think most home-owners would react with the same bewilderment.
But when it comes to the business of ionized water and water ionizers, the faucet diverter valve is one little contraption that enhances the convenience and accessibility of your new healthy drinking water installation. So, let me fill you in on exactly what they do and how they are installed.
A Faucet Diverter Valve For Your Convenience
A lot of people don’t realize how easily and conveniently water ionizers can be installed in the home. Because they come with diverter kits that fit all standard kitchen tap sizes, no matter how new or old, they can usually be fitted within minutes. Only if you need your water ionizer fitted directly to your mains water supply, and you don’t possess simple plumbing skills, would you need to seek the help of a plumber.
And faucet diverter valves add to this ease-of-use. They are simply screwed into your tap’s faucet (the part from which the water flows directly into the sink) and they allow you to control the flow of water from your new ionizer by the simple twist of a knob.
Installing a Faucet Diverter Valve on Male or Female Faucets
Before you screw in your faucet diverter valve, you’ll need to determine whether the threads on your tap faucet are ‘male’ or ‘female’. Anyone with an elemental knowledge of electrics or plugs will be familiar with this kind of terminology and it’s the same concept in plumbing. Male or female designation is used to determine simply what way something screws into something else. If you have a male faucet, you can simply screw your faucet diverter valve straight in. If yours is a female faucet, you’ll simply need to screw the male adaptor into your diverter valve and then screw it in. Easy!
Faucet Diverter Valve sizes
Top brands of water ionizers like the EOS Genesis Platinum come with faucet diverter valves as standard for your convenience. However, there may come a time when you will need to buy a new valve. In these cases, it is important to ensure that you choose the correct valve for your ionizer’s water hose. For example, a ¼ inch faucet diverter valve works with any ionizer using ¼ inch tubing like the Genesis, Revelation, Revelation 2, Hybrid, etc. whereas older ionizers like the Aquatonic, Masterpiece JA-701, Midas or Regency II require a 3/8 sized valve.
To stop potential damage to your faucet diverter valve and subsequently harm your flow of healthy ionized water, top water ionizer brands such as the Genesis range also come with dust filters right out of the box. These contraptions ensure that sand and other contaminants don’t clog up your taps by filtering the water before it reaches them. So I’d recommend installing them every time.
So there you have it – the rather confusing sounding faucet diverter valve is just a simple contraption to ensure you receive healthy ionized water efficiently and at your convenience!
To your health,
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