1. Prior to installation of sanitary fittings, it is imperative that the plumbing pipes be cleared out for construction material that might be clogged in them. To enable this one can allow the water to openly flow, by opening the gate valve near the Storage tanks for a short period. Once dispensed of clogging material, one can go in for installation of Ark CP Fittings.
2. One should also ensure that the Outlet of the storage tank is at least 2” above the bottom level, so that any sediment if mixed in the water supply, settle down at the bottom of the storage tank and do not carry on through the plumbing pipes with the water flow.
. Prior to installation of sanitary fittings, it is imperative that the plumbing pipes be cleared out for construction material that 3. Plumbers should not use more than 8-10kgf to tighten bib shanks, angle shanks and wall mixer legs to the plumbing pipes. Though the faucet body is metallic, one cannot expect the body to take any amount of force.
4. Installation diagrams/ leaflets are given with complex fittings to make it relatively easy for the plumber to install the faucets; the plumber should refer to the diagrams before going in for such installations.
5. 90% of all breakdowns of a typical sanitary fitting occur in its spindle assembly. This is because the spindles experience the most wear and tear. Some part of a spindle assembly is always in contact with water.
6. It might be a good idea to install a filter near the tank outlet to prevent coarse/ rough deposits present in water to find their way to the spindle assembly. This shall increase the life of the spindles.
7. Nowadays most sanitary fittings use Foam Flow aerators or jallis. These aerators have a dual purpose; not only do they save water, typically up to 50%, but also make the flow more laminar and smooth.
8. CP faucets are plated using a Nickel base over polished brass and then a Chrome layer over the Nickel base. Chrome is a very hard metal and has both decorative as well as protective value. Generally a thin layer of Chrome (0.3µ) over a 10µ layer of Nickel is enough to keep the faucet shining over its lifetime.
9. One should never use chemicals like Harpic, detergents or any other washing or cleaning powder over the tap, as the acid present in these chemicals weaken the bonds between Chrome, Nickel and brass which can ultimately lead to their erosion.
10. One should also avoid contact of sharp objects on the surface of the tap, especially if one has gone for a powder coated or colour finished tap. The chemical (adhesive) bonding between the colour pigment and the brass surface is typically not as strong as the electrical bonding between Chrome/ Nickel and the brass surface.
11. Typically CP fittings should be installed when all masonry and paint/ polish job is over in the bath/ kitchen/ wash area.
12. Showers have small apertures which enable water deliverance in sprinkle/ spray form.
13. Health Faucet showers are a little more delicate than ordinary hand or Overhead showers.
14. Flexible Hoses are made of rubber hoses over which metal coils are wrapped with brass nozzles at ends.
15. Push Cocks should not be exposed to pressures greater than 1 bar.
16. Flush Cocks should not be exposed to pressures greater than 2 bars.
17. Ark Lab Taps are available in two distinct identities – as a Supreme variant for the traditional look and as an Opera variant in its trendy avatar.
18. Ark Bath accessories are made of Brass sheets and pipes. Unlike sanitary faucets, the accessories are not much exposed to water.
19. Flush Valves don’t have a problem with pressures up to 3-3.5 bar. Higher pressures than this might also make the operation of the flush valve a little harder.