Touchless Faucets: Disability Choice for Accessible Bathrooms
Touchless Faucets: Disability Choice for Accessible Bathrooms
Touchless faucets are perfect bathroom faucet options for those who have limited mobility or who simply do not want to deal with having to turn the water on and off.

Not only are touchless faucets useful for those who have limited mobility, but also for families who have a loved one who is struggling with memory loss. It is an 
obvious choice for those who may forget to turn off the water 
after use. It also protects against scalding since there is a 
mixing valve that can control the temperature.

An accessible bathroom faucet can give piece of mind that the 
water is shut off without incident. A touchless faucet can also 
save on your water bill, since it will not continually run unless it 
is being

No knobs or levers 

Touchless bathroom faucets operate differently than those that 
have knobs or lever handles for controlling the pressure and temperature of the water. They are also a bit more complicated to install and require more operational parts than standard lever controlled faucets. 

Electric, solar or battery powered

Some hands-free faucets operate on electricity, while others are 
designed to function with solar power or run on a battery. 
Electricity must either be hardwired or plugged in at the power 
source. You can use multiple faucets powered by transformers, 
if needed.

Mixing valve options

Hands-free accessible bathroom faucets also often require a mixing valve, 
so that you can get the right temperature of water without having to use a 
lever or knob. 

A mixing valve is a plumbing piece that automatically sends 
the hot and cold water together, creating the appropriate temperature you prefer. Mixing valves are either under the sink or above the sink, depending on the design of the faucet. 

There are 3 types of mixing valves available with various faucet designs:

  • Thermostatic - This valve can sense the fluctuation of the water temperature and pressure quickly and adjust it to provide water that is at a safe temperature. It can be adjusted using an stem that is located on the valve. It combines the hot and cold water to provide the right setting.

  • Mechanical - A mechanical valve also combines cold and hot water, but does so with a lever dial that is adjusted with a lock screw.

  • Bak-Chec tee - This is a mixing valve of the most basic operation. It combines the water from the hot and cold water supply and adjusts it with the provided water stops. This is the most basic of all the mixing valves and comes standard with many hands-free faucets.

For a more sophisticated mixing valve, the thermostatic valve offers the most fine-tuned temperature and pressure sensors available and is a good choice for those who want more automatic functioning in accessible bathrooms.

Center-set mounted with trim plate

A touchless ADA faucet also is generally center-set mounted on a sink and only needs a trim plate to cover the area. Trim plates are generally 4" to 8" are typically available for many different designs.

There are many good reasons to choose a hands-free sensor faucet for disabled bathrooms. Of course, ease of use, safety features and disability-friendly are the most important reasons. 

Many home decor styles

Don't forget, however, that there are a variety of styles, designs and colors that can match just about any home decor you have in mind for a beautiful, luxurious bathroom.

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