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Types of Faucets

What are the benefits of different types of faucets?

Did you know there are different types of faucets for different rooms and types of sinks? It’s true! You may think that something as small as a faucet won’t play a major role in your home’s décor, but it actually does. We’ve provided information below about several different types of faucets that can be found in bathrooms, kitchens, or both.

Ball Faucets
Also known as washerless faucets, ball faucets are commonly found in kitchen sinks. In fact, they were the first ever type of washerless faucet. You can tell these faucets apart from others due to their single handle on a rounded ball-shaped cap. It’s made of several different parts, including chambers, rubber O-rings and spring-loaded rubber seals. They’re easy to maneuver and change the temperature of the water with.

Disc Faucets
One of the latest developments in modern faucet technology is the disc faucet. This type of faucet is commonly found in kitchens and is easily recognized by its single lever and wide cylindrical body. It’s easy to move from side to side to change the temperature of the water, that’s mixed with both hot and cold water inside a mixing chamber. This type of faucet doesn’t need repairs often or sometimes ever, if handled with care.

Cartridge Faucets
We’ve segued into the two-handle faucets! Double cartridge faucets are smooth and easy to use; all it takes is about a ½ turn for the water to turn on and off. These do come in single handle cartridge facets, too. However, rather than turning the handle like you would on double cartridge faucets, you would move the handle up and down to change the water temperature. 

Compression Washer Faucets
You’ll find these faucets in older homes and bathrooms. Newer versions are typically found in utility sinks, which are often in the basement of a home. It’s the most affordable type of faucet, but not the most stylish. If you’re not going for style, however, then this is a great option for you! One handle is specifically used to turn cold water on and off, and the other is used to turn hot water on and off. They both need to be tightened to completely shut off. 


Rub-a-Dub-Dub, What's the Best Tub?

Finding the Right Tub for Your Bathroom

Your bathtub is usually something you don’t think much about – at least, not until it comes time to replace it. Then, you have to make a decision. Which tub is right for your bathroom? There are more options out there than you think!

Luckily, the experts here at Tubz are here to help. While we can’t tell you exactly which tub is right for your bathroom, we can guide you in the right direction. We’ve started by assembling this list of questions to answer before you walk into our store. These will give you an idea of what you should be looking for – and once you know that, it’ll be much easier to find the right tub!

Check out the questions below, and if you have questions or want to start shopping, stop by our store today!

How much space do you have to work with?

There’s no question that tubs take up a lot of space – that’s part of the reason why tub/shower combos are so popular in older homes with smaller bathrooms. But even if your bathroom isn’t very big, you might still be able to indulge in a large tub. Our corner tubs squeeze maximum luxury into every inch, often including thoughtful touches like shelves for bathing products or even vanity seating. And of course, if you have the space for it, the sky is the limit.

Who will be using the tub?

A gigantic clawfoot tub looks amazing, but if you have mobility issues, you might find that you’re not using it as often as you’d like. And of course, a tub in a children’s bathroom should be focused on safety first. A shallow rectangular tub, perhaps combined with a showerhead, would be a great idea for a children’s bathroom or guest bath. If you have senior citizens or people with mobility issues in your household, try a walk-in tub or shower, which make entering and exiting the bathing area easy and safe.


Does Your Tub Look Like a Nightmare?

If you’ve gone too long without cleaning your bathtub, that you’re afraid to tackle cleaning it, get some tips from the bathtub experts at Tubz. We know how quickly and easily grime and soap suds can build up in your tub, so we’ve put together some cleaning tips and tricks to make cleaning your bathtub a breeze!

First, Why Should I Clean My Bathtub?

After just a few days or weeks of use, your bathtub is bound to show signs of soap scum and grime buildup. You may notice discoloration around your drain or around the bottom of your tub where water can collect. Soap scum and grime can clog your drain and prevent easy drainage, which will then contribute to grime buildup around the edges of your tub where the water rises while you’re showering. Prevent clogged drains and avoid pipe problems with our help!

Plus, if you’re considering taking a bath, don’t even start running the water until you’ve thoroughly cleaned your tub and drain. A dirty tub can cause infection and other hygiene problems.

Bathtub Cleaning Tips

General Cleaning

Rinse with clean water and wipe the bottom of the tub. For heavier dirt or mild stains, sprinkle the tub with baking soda and spray a solution of vinegar and water. Let the mixture bubble for several minutes, then scrub with a soft cloth or sponge until a paste forms. Let the paste sit for 15 minutes, then wipe and rinse.

Porcelain Tub Cleaning

Ammonia can cut grease and remove soap scum buildup. First soak a non-abrasive sponge in a mixture of baking soda/ammonia. Dip the sponge into the solution, and scrub and repeat until you're satisfied. Be sure to rinse well when finished and wipe thoroughly with a clean rag to avoid a film from the baking soda.

Plastic Tub Cleaning

Plastic tubs are easy to clean. Start with a mild detergent and use a brush and warm water. Pour some detergent into a container and add some water. Dip your cloth into the mixture and use it to wipe off the dirt on the tub. Use a brush to remove any stubborn stains.


6 Tips To Know Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

Before you take on a bathroom remodeling project, it’s important to take a step back and learn all you can from the professionals who have been completing jobs throughout the years. Our team here at Tubz has devised some of our most helpful tips to assist homeowners with their bathroom remodels. 

Useful Tips and Tricks

1. Leave those vintage finishes: Many homeowners think about completely gutting their bathrooms and starting from scratch, although some areas are more easily removed than others. If you have vintage finishes in your bathroom, like a tile wall in your shower which is very tedious to remove, it’s best to leave those as is unless you want your budget to skyrocket. 

2. Pick the right vanity: Your vanity plays much more than just a decorative role in your bathroom. If you pick a vanity that is too big, it can overtake your bathroom, but if you pick a vanity that is too small, it can cause you to scramble for storage.

3. Plan a lighting scheme: Having the right lighting will help you get ready for the day or night and also help you set a tone for the room.

4. Have a real budget: Talk with your spouse and get a real plan of how much money you’re willing to spend, and keep to it. Knowing where you stand will make planning much easier.

5. Add a freestanding tub: Freestanding tubs give every bathroom the classic look no matter your style or lifestyle.

6. Don't be afraid to splurge: If you want to splurge on high-end materials, make sure you have room in your budget to allocate money properly so you can get exactly what you want without breaking the bank.


Benefits of Walk In Tub

Traditional bathtubs have the potential to be a dangerous. Accidents often occur when trying to step over the tub when you enter or exit. However, walk in tubs can eliminate this danger!

What is a walk in tub?

Walk in tubs are specialty bathtubs that typically have doors that provide easy access in and out of the tub. This door eliminates the need to climb over the wall of the bathtub, making it safer for children, seniors, and everyone in between. Walk in tubs are the perfect solution for someone with stiff joints, mobility issues, or other aches and pains.

Walk in tubs are designed with safety in mind. They’re built to prevent slipping and can come with features like textured pads, in-tub seating, handrails and more to add another safety element.  Walk in tubs can even add value to your home!

How do walk in tubs work?

The door to walk in tubs is usually located on the side or the front of the bathtub. When you close the door, the seal engages to prevent water from flooding onto your bathroom floor. Most walk in tubs also have fast draining capabilities, which means you don’t have to sit in your walk in tub too long while it drains!

How can I get a walk in tub?

Walk in tubs require professional installation. That’s why bathtub experts at Tubz are the perfect choice for walk in tub installation in California! We also provide a wide variety of features for you to add to your walk in tub, including handrails, seating inside the tub, adjustable shower heads, bubble jets & more. Contact us today for your walk in tub!