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I Finally Updated My Bathroom with a WaterSense Certified Faucet

Our house is around 20 years old now, and that means a lot of the original fixtures are in need of repairs and even replacement. We did the roof last summer, and I’m pretty sure we’ll need to replace the furnace this fall. Sigh.

Recently, we noticed the original bathroom faucets starting to fail. First the pop-up drains broke off, then the faucets started to leak, and then one of them just stopped working. No water at all. Now I suppose we could replace the cartridge and the drain rod, but honestly the faucets that came with the house just aren’t that attractive.

Our old, broken faucet needed to be replaced.

Dated-looking is putting it kindly. To me this was an opportunity to update the faucet with something more modern.

It’s not just how they look though. Older faucets use more water, and that means wasted water as well as a higher water bill. I’ve been wanting to replace all our faucets with modern water saving fixtures like the EPA WaterSense certified faucets made by American Standard because they limit the water flow to a maximum of 1.5 gallons (5.7 litres) per minute.

When they heard we were in the market for a new faucet, American Standard kindly sent us one of their WaterSense faucets with their unique Speed Connect pop-up drain to replace our old, broken, and wasteful fixture. We received this Fluent Centreset Faucet in chrome.

The American Standard Fluent Centreset Faucet is easy to clean, looks elegant, and features child-friendly handles.

So last weekend we pulled out the old faucet and the broken drain. If you’ve never done this before, don’t forget to turn off the water first, and expect it to be really gross in there. Make sure you’ve got a bucket, rags, and some paper towels on hand for the worst of the gunk.

Keep a bucket, rags, and paper towels on hand when you remove the old faucet.

Once the old parts are out, you can start putting in the shiny new faucet. Like any pop-up drain, the assembly goes in the drain hole and then you screw on the drain flange to secure it.

The Speed Connect pop-up drain is noticeably easier and quicker to install.

But here’s where things can go one of two ways. On a typical faucet the pop-up drain assembly consists of the drain itself and a pivot ball rod that you install on the side of the drain with a ball washer and a pivot nut. The pivot ball rod then has to be adjusted and clipped to a separate extension rod attached to the lift rod (the part you pull to open and close the drain). If it sounds confusing, that’s because it kind of is.

In comparison, our American Standard Speed Connect faucet had only 4 parts (compared to the typical 14), so it took noticeably less time to install the drain. All hubby had to do was screw the faucet’s cable connector into the side. The entire installation of the faucet and the drain took about 20 minutes from start to finish and required a flat head screwdriver and adjustable wrench.

Speed Connect pop-up drain

Images courtesy of American Standard.

In real life terms, the Speed Connect feature meant a quicker install and less time lying under the sink with the edge of the cupboard digging into hubby’s back.

The American Standard Speed Connect pop-up drain means less time lying under the sink.

And here’s the final result!

The American Standard Fluent Centreset Faucet is easy to clean, looks elegant, and features child-friendly handles.

I’m really happy with our new faucet! It looks elegant, it’s easier to clean without that recessed edge under the spout, and the handles are so much more child-friendly. With this new faucet, Kay can now turn the water on and off independently. She’s so proud of herself, and it’s definitely a bonus for me that I don’t have to drop everything to turn the water on for her every time she has to wash her hands.

now I can turn on the tap

The Fluent Centreset Faucet comes in chrome, satin nickel, and rubbed bronze finishes to match any bathroom decor. Available at Amazon, Home Depot, and other home improvement stores.

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  • Nothing eco-friendly in our home. We will be replacing faucets soon (the ones we have look even more dated than yours, even though our home is newer). I do try to turn off the water in the shower when I’m lathering and turn it back on to rinse as a way to save water.

  • Eco-friendly changes we’ve made in our home to save water and energy are new Kitchen water saving faucet and we save rain water for plants and garden.

  • We have an energy saving washing machine now, a new toilet that does not use as much water when flushing and an energy saving shower head

  • We have water saving toilets and appliances. We use eco friendly bulbs, turn things off when not in use, and take showers instead of baths.

  • We lived on a very shallow well years ago with 8 people.Water conservation takes on a whole different meaning.The if it’s yellow leave it mellow,the whole nine yards.Since then I never leave the tap running when brushing my teeth.I heat up water in a kettle and add to wash water.I water my planters by watering bucket.

  • We have a newer home so we have low-flow toilets already installed. We installed water savers on the shower heads & we have taught the kids to always turn off the tap when they are soaping up their hands or brushing their teeth!

    I’d love to win this for my in-laws who need to update their bathroom. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • We have the new long lasting light bulbs, we recycle and we are replacing all our taps with new, water saving ones.

  • Many changes are hard to implement in an apartment, but we don’t shower every day. We don’t flush the toilet every time we use it. We also have a bucket that we use for grey water that gets used for flushing the toilet. We avoid leaving lights and electronics on when we’re not using them.

  • Turn off lights when leaving rooms. Only run the dishwasher when it’s full. Use cold water in the washing machine.

  • We have low flush toilets, water saver shower heads, a rain barrel for watering the flowers, turn the water off when brushing our teeth & washing our face.

  • Well for me its trying to save money by practical uses. (I have no income for a bit so have to be really careful) I have had a water barrel out for years now, AND we had three days of rain PLUS today it rained a bit so I am using that for my shrubs and flowers, and no hose!

  • I have a rain barrel to water my plants and we’ve recently changed the shower heads to water saving brands.

  • To save water in our home we have a low flush toilet, and I use the quick setting on my washer so it doesn’t use as much water, and keep the water off while brushing our teeth!!

  • eco-friendly changes we’ve made in our home to save water and energy are : energy efficient bulbs water saver shower heads, low flush toilets and we just replace our 24 year old stove.

  • We have low flow shower heads and toilets. We do laundry in cold water and at night only to keep our electricity bills down.

  • we bought an energy saving shower head and new toilet that uses less water. we really could use a new faucet, thanks for the chance!

  • I have a low-flush toilet, energy saving appliances and low energy light bulbs. I take short showers instead of taking a bath and we have all new faucets.

  • We’ve made quite a few changes over the last five years to reduce our consumption of energy and water; installed energy-efficient light bulbs, replaced all our toilets with low flush models, usage of water barrels, etc. We also just installed solar panels on our vacation cabin so we are completely off the grid now… It’s all kind of cool!

  • We have low flow toilets and we have wrapped our water pipes with insulation. We have replaced all of our light bulbs with eco friendly ones.

  • We installed a better kitchen faucet that no longer leaks, and we have an HE washer and dryer. We moved in a year ago, so we still have some plans. We need to replace our basement bathroom’s faucet because it leaks, and we are going to replace our aging hot water tank with a tankless water heater! Those will be near-future projects.

  • We changed one of our toilets for a water saver one when we renovated our main bath. We plan to continue as we have the funds to do so.

  • Years ago we changed all of the light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs and also bought a new efficient front loading washing mating

  • We have installed newer low flow toilets in our home and that really helps to save water, energy and money!