Pros & Cons of Pot Filler Faucets

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Steam rising from pot on stovetop
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A pot filler faucet is installed directly over the stove so that you can fill large pots right at the stove and not have to carry them across the kitchen. While this may seem like the perfect addition to any kitchen, there are some drawbacks to these faucets as well. Knowing the pros and cons of pot filler sinks allows homeowners to make informed decisions about whether this labor-saver is right for their kitchens.

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No More Heavy Lifting

The purpose of a pot filler faucet is to provide a way to fill pots without having to carry the water-filled pot from one side of the kitchen to the other. This is especially helpful in larger kitchens or in kitchens designed for older people who may lack the strength to carry heavy pots from one place to another. This is one of the main advantages to a pot filler faucet.

Time Saving

Another advantage to having a pot filler faucet is that it can save you time. Rather than having to sit at the sink and watch a pot fill up, you can turn the faucet on directly at the stove. While at the stove you can continue to cook other things and keep an eye on the filling pot at the same time. You also do not have to take the time to carefully walk across the floor with a heavy pot that could spill at over any second.

Avoiding Injury

Another benefit of pot filler faucets is safety. Carrying pots of water across the kitchen can be hazardous to your health and the health of others. If you bump into someone while carrying the pot, the water can spill out and cause slipping that could end in broken bones or sprained ankles.

Drip Dangers

While there are many benefits to pot filler faucets, there are also some disadvantages as well. One of the main disadvantages is leaking. If the faucet is not installed properly, it will leak. When leaks occur, either it leaks directly from the faucet spout or it leaks from the plumbing behind the wall. Both of these leaks can be annoying and damaging to your appliances and structural support of the house. Make sure you purchase a faucet with two separate shutoff valves on it to guard against leaks.

Structural Issues

Another disadvantage to having a pot filler faucet is the issue of structure and placement. The faucets have to be retracted and stored against the stove backsplash or cabinets surrounding the stove. If the faucet is placed too low, it will be worthless for filling large pots. The faucet can also cause problems by getting in the way of cabinets or other pieces of equipment in the kitchen. In addition, it can look unsightly against the kitchen walls and be difficult to clean if grease gets on it.

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