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Digital plumbing
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Nowadays, digital plumbing devices are getting its way to public places as well as our homes. So let‘s discuss the most common digital plumbing devices.

Digital water agitator. The faucet case of an agitator practically is no different than the ordinary one from the outside. The difference is that there is no balance-beam to switch the water on or off, whereas the case has a small fitted screen. Behind the screen there is an installed infrared radius sensor which reacts to hand motion. What is more, the case has a place for a feeding element for an electronic device.

Digital plumbing operation method -  once you approach a faucet, your hand enters the infrared radius spread zone. The radius transfers a signal to a device informing that it is time to „give" water. In a few seconds a sensor gives a flow of water. Once you pull your hands away, the sensor reacts once again stopping the water. How to control the water temperature if there is neither a regulation balance-beam nor a valve?

1. The way it is controlled is very simple. There are three types of agitators, with a difference in water temperature regulation. Such construction is more suitable for utilation at home when everyone can choose the type of water that is needed.

2. The agitators which have the set up function of water temperature, have the temperature set up done whilst manufacturing or installation. The most suitable water temperature is 38 °С. Such agitators are installed in places where it is needed just to wash your hands and where it is enough of warm water, for example in nourishment establishments, airport toilets.
3. Faucets with agitators - thermostats. Thermostat is set in a way that the same temperature would be kept at all times. If the supply of water (cold or hot) would be stopped in central water supply system, the agitator would not provide only hot or only cold water but simply turn it off. Such agitators are normally fitted in social establishments. For example, 10 faucets are being fitted and one agitator - thermostat supplying warm water. It should be noted that the faucets of this type are cheaper.

Digital agitators have the ability of being controlled: regulate the distance at which the sensor will start its operation and water flow time. In some models, such regulation is performed with a distant remote control, in others - manually. Imagine, that you need to wash a sink. You have already understood that it will be not easy to do this as each time you approach the faucet, it will burst with water. Water flow regulation secret lies in the idea that if you keep your hands for a certain amount of time with a non-standard, for example, a 2 cm distance (whilst washing up nobody puts the hand close to the faucet case) from infrared radius screen, the water will get temporarily turned off. There is one more method to turn the water off - to screw a special valve which is under the sink. However, you understand that it is more convenient to wave with a hand before the "nose" of the sensor, than each time lean under the sink.

Maintenance of digital plumbing devices

The same as each digital domestic device, digital plumbing devices have a feeding element which needs to be changed from time to time. It is not complicated to do this. All you need to do is remove a special covering, take out the old feeding element and install a new one in its place.

Infrared radius screen has no „fear" for water. Though, if you have concerns of moistening the device whilst washing the case of the agitator, you can purchase a special cover for the screen. Of course not every company can offer it.

The only thing which can have a negative impact on the screen of infrared radius as well as the agitator itself is a poor water quality. Therefore, it would be best to fit the security filters in advance that would not let the device get filled with rust or lime. Without the use of security filters, the service of any device is shorter.

To purchase or not to purchase digital plumbing devices is everyone's personal business. However, it should be mentioned that these devices have the future. This is due to the fact that digital devices are convenient, hygienic and economic.

Advice on how to unstop a foul in sewerage drains

- Steel rope is most often used for the cleaning of effluent drains. However, a stiff rubber bowel of 22 mm in diameter can also be used. One corner of a bowel should be placed on a water faucet, another one for the cleaning of the drains. Hot water started through the bowel will clean the dirt and grease.
- Old flexible shower bowel might be suitable for the cleaning of the drains. It easily goes through the drain bends and cleans the foul places.
- If you use a metal rope to clean the drains, first of all fix 10-12 bended hooks from elastic wire between the thread. Such „urchin" will work well to clean the dirt, whereas the end of the rope raised on the hooks will easily find its way through the bends of the drains.
- If you want to avoid difficulties, whilst mechanically cleaning the pipes, from time to time use a special agent which destroys the dirt inside the drains.

Categories: Installation of Water Supply and Sewerage Systems, Water Supply and Sewerage Systems, Plumbing Work


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