Working with heavy pots can be a pain. The more you fill them, the heavier they are! It can be strenuous to move them from one spot to another. So, maybe you are considering installing a pot filler. Though, that begs the question, how high should a pot filler be from your stove top? Let's start at the beginning.
WHAT IS A POT FILLER?
A pot filler is just a faucet that's located above your stove instead of over a sink. It needs to be connected to a water supply line similar to other kitchen faucets. Because the pot filler empties into a pot instead of a sink, you don't need any drains for it.
The height of the pot filler is one important aspect apart of many that you may need to consider. Location is equally as important. It will depend on your plumbing and if it is capable of a route to your desired spot.
HEIGHT ABOVE THE BURNERS
In general, the faucet needs to be placed anywhere from 16 to 36 inches above the surface of the range top or stove. The large amount of range in this number is based primarily on personal preference. Try grabbing the biggest stockpot used on the stove and add at least three or four inches to its height. That will ensure that the faucet clears the top of all pots and pans used in the kitchen with ease. Trying to cut the height too close to the top of the largest pot will only leave the faucet at risk of damage during regular use.
Once you have figured out how high or low you want to place the pot filler, there’s still the question of horizontal placement. Centered placement is the most common choice, especially for larger multi-jointed designs with plenty of reach. The pot filler faucet is easily unfolded from its central position to reach all of the burners and even to the edges of both sides. Off-center placement may be a better choice if there is a particular high-heat burner that is almost exclusively used for boiling water and large pots of soup.
If convenience is at the helm of importance, you will want a spout capable of 360-degree rotation. Additionally, it must be able to extend at least 22 inches. This idea will ensure that the pot filler can reach each burner regardless of its wall placement.
WHY INSTALL A POT FILLER
If you already have the plumbing ready for a pot filler, you don’t have to worry about whether or not this new fixture is right for your home. On the other hand, if you have to run plumbing for the pot filler’s water supply, you may wonder if the investment is worthwhile.
Fortunately, the addition of a pot filler will be a great investment for your home, since it will add both appeal and value.
The overall look of a pot filler easily becomes the focal point of your kitchen, drawing eyes to this innovative fixture. If you ever decide to sell your home, buyers will find the pot filler appealing, making them more interested in buying your home.
INSTALLING A POT FILLER
Of course, the installation of an appliance to fill a pot is not easy. The ideal time to put in a pot filler is the time you’re thinking about kitchen remodeling. In this way, you’ll be able to take down the wall whenever you’d like. It makes plumber’s work much more manageable. You’ll need to be aware of the plumbing code. If you can’t handle this yourself, it’s better to seek out the assistance of a plumber. In this case, the price will be higher than if you were to simply be replacing an existing pot filler. In most cases we suggest having a plumber come to assist in the installation.
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