1. Twist and turn
Are you able to twist, turn, or pull the handle to activate water flow without using much force? If so, you’re in good shape. The ADA regulations for compliant faucets say that you must be able to turn on a faucet using less than 5 lbs of force and without twisting or straining your wrist.
2. Give it a hand
Can you turn the faucet handle like you did in the first tip, but with using only one hand? A faucet that allows you to activate the water single-handedly meets the standards for compliancy and will make it simpler for people with physical limitations to turn on the water.
Bonus tip: Some faucets on the market today are marked as ADA compliant. Simply look for an ADA indication on the faucet or the faucet packaging to see if it complies with ADA regulations. Faucets that have the ADA marking include touchless, lever, wrist blade and cross handle faucets, so there are a wide variety of faucet styles to choose from that will help you meet ADA requirements.
3. Measure up
Are the faucet handles elevated too high? If they are, it could be problematic when installing the faucet. The ADA regulations state that the operating parts of a faucet must be no higher than 48” from the ground if the area is free from obstructions. Handles mounted on the base of the faucet will help ensure the installation meets this height requirement.
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4. Mind the gap
Can the faucet be mounted on a surface that has an open gap beneath it? The distance between the floor to the underside of the mounting surface must be 27” to allow for knee clearance. The faucet must be installed without obstructing this space in order to comply with ADA standards.
5. Check the time
If the faucet has a motion sensor, does the water flow for at least 10 seconds before shutting off? Electronic metering faucets are an excellent solution for allowing easy access to water since they are hands-free, but they’re only effective if the water stays on long enough to satisfy the 10-second requirement outlined by the ADA specifications.
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*Per the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, U.S. Department of Justice, September
**Due to recent regulations passed by the California Energy Commissions, as of September 1st, 2015, lavatory faucets with a flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute or higher can no longer be sold for use in the state of California.