Ever wonder why plumbers recommend Delta faucets?
Whenever we as plumbers install a faucet, we are expected to come back for free whenever there is a problem. We have found customers equate our quality as a plumber with their faucet even if they purchased cheap worthless junk from the big box stores or even worse IKEA.
Most plumbers now have a no warranty policy for customer purchased fixtures. This is a problem for customers when their new faucet leaks or drips right out of the box (this happens quite often!). Then they have to pay us again to come back and fix or replace their brand new faucet.
We recommend Delta faucets for several reasons.
For years as a plumber we were able to install an inexpensive disposal and they would last ten to twelve years. Unfortunately those days are long gone. The quality of disposals has gone down dramatically. The last time I installed a $79 disposal (three years ago) it didn’t last six months before it started leaking. Most people don’t want to see their plumber that often.
At that time we started recommending the evolution series disposals. We sent our customers to the big box stores to pick them up to save them money. Recently the big box stores started selling a substandard quality disposal than we can get from our plumbing supplier.
So the Evolution Pro 750 is the least expensive disposal we recommend to our customers unfortunately. When our customers call us out we like to make our repairs and installations last as long as we can make them last. This disposal has a stainless steel grinding chamber to provide years of leak free use. It has a dual grinding chamber to allow for items which were not recommended to put in the disposal for prior models, has a 3/4 horsepower motor (the original ones had 1/10th or 1/3 horsepower!), auto reversing capability to prevent jamming, six year in-home warranty, and is so quiet you can hardly hear it running. We supply and install this disposal for $475.
With all your great choices, why do we recommend Gerber Avalanche toilets?
With over twenty-two years experience and installing every toilet rated by consumer reports, the Avalanche stands in a league of its own in my opinion. It is a great looking toilet, flushes wonderfully, has many advanced features which other manufacturers have never addressed, and is easily installed in almost all locations (the American Standard Champion is so large it cannot be used in most homes).
The Avalanche comes from the factory with heavy duty brass tank bolts and name brand fill valve, where their competition uses cheap metal or plastic bolts and a cheap knock-off fill valve. The Avalanche has an extra thick toilet tank which keeps the tank from sweating when installed on a cold water well system. No other toilet manufacturer has done this.
The toilet flushes so well because it has a full three inch diameter glazed trap way through the entire toilet. The replacement parts are readily available and not terribly expensive (under $20 and should not need replacement for years) at both plumbing suppliers and big box stores, unlike expensive Toto replacement parts, which can cost over $100, are cheap quality and poor design, are difficult for homeowners to locate repair parts and to install.
For years we had to tell our customers to to keep and repair their old toilets. We are so glad to have this wonderful product to recommend to provide years of trouble-free use. We supply and install a Gerber Avalanche comfort height toilet with a wood seat with new extra thick wax ring, heavy duty brass toilet bolts, for $600 installed, including labor and material and including removal of existing toilet, with two year warranty.
It seems so easy, going to Lowes or Home Depot to pick up your new faucet, toilet, or disposal. You can pick the style you like, even the color or finish, then bring it home to install yourself or have your plumber install.
If you call a plumber to install your new fixture you may be surprised to learn that they will no longer install big box store fixtures. Why would they do that, you might ask? Unfortunately for our consumers, big-box stores sell substandard lines of your name-brand fixtures. So your Delta faucet that you get from Lowe’s is not the same quality that you would buy from a plumbing supplier.
Many times the piping is half the size, and many parts that are copper or brass from the plumbing supplier will be plastic from the big box stores. In many cases the quality is so cheap that plumbers are afraid that installing them will cause a flood in the homeowners house requiring their (plumber’s) insurance to pay for the damage. Plastic is great for many plumbing locations, however not where city water pressures in many municipalities are over 100 psi.
Next time you are in the big box store of your choice, pick up a few of the kitchen sink faucets. Most feel like the box is empty! That’s because the entire faucet is plastic! This is the most used faucet in your home which is continually connected to your pressurized water system.
So more and more plumbers are informing their clients to take back the big box fixtures. Many times your plumber can supply your fixture for an additional $30, is twice the quality of the big box fixture, includes a two year warranty, and your plumber will pick it up for you.
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Paula O says:
May 8, 2016 at 7:08 am What a very informative article. I replaced my Moen faucet with one that I picked up from a local hardware store and I was surprised and unhappy with the quality. The one that came with the house was of a much higher standard.
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