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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

I have products or services that I think may be of interest to your company, who should I contact regarding this?

Please email us at , call us at 718-257-2800, or fax us at 718-257-2144.

How can I locate the nearest Watermark dealer?

You may search for the dealer nearest you by using our Dealer Locator.

Do you have any job openings?

Please email us at resumes@watermark-designs.com, call us at 718-257-2800, or fax us at 718-257-2144.

Our Products

Where can I see the Watermark Product line?

The entire Watermark Catalog can be viewed via this website on our Catalog/Product section. Here there are also links to the printed version of our catalogue. To request your own printed copy of our catalogue, email us at . Please note that there will be a charge for this.

Where can I find Installations Instructions?

Simply search Watermark Designs Online Catalog by Collection, Product Category or by using the Search box at the top of the page to find products by Keyword or specific Model #.

When you find the specific product model  you were looking for, product information including instruction/installation sheets are available for download.

Where can I find Product Specifications?

Simply search Watermark Designs Online Catalog by Collection, Product Category or by using the Search box at the top of the page to find products by Keyword or specific Model #.

When you find the specific product model you were looking for, product information including Product Specifications are available for download.

What if I can't find my handle trim when I do a Product Search?

Not all handle trims are shown with every possible configuration of our products even though they are available. To see all of our handle trims, visit our Handle Trims Page.

What if I can't find my finish when I do a Product Search?

Not all finishes are shown with every possible configuration of our products even though they are available.  To see all of our finishes, visit our Finishes Page.

Why is the cost of gold so high compared to your other finishes?

Our elite brass finishes (polished, satin , and velvet) are all real 14k gold finishes and our polished gold, satin gold, and velvet gold finishes are real 24k gold. Gold is a publicly traded precious metal that has seen it's value increase substantially over the past few years. As such the price of gold is that much greater than the other chemicals and precious metals we use in our plating baths.

Why does PVD have a longer lead time than that of your other finishes?

PVD (pressure vapor deposition) is a type of finishing process. Watermark outsources this process to one its suppliers. We quote a longer lead time to compensate for shipping times and rework times if need be. All other finishing processes such as polishing, electroplating, powder coating, and lacquering are done in house. We stock many PVD components and our lead times on PVD finishes are well within normal industry standards.

Does Watermark offer any living finishes?

All of Watermark's finishes have a protective coating or can easily be restored to its original state. The only exception to this rule is uncoated polished brass (natural brass) and aged brass which will naturally age with use and cannot be restored. Watermark uses a natural nickel and does not lacquer its nickel finishes. These finishes may oxidize in time. If one of these finishes begins to look yellowish or orange, the finish can be restored using a soft cloth and a chrome cleaner. Watermark can also offer custom living finishes at special requests. Please contact your our customer service team for additional information.

What is the difference between Pressure balance and Thermostatic shower valves?

Pressure balance showers

As the name suggests, pressure balance valves operate by sensing the pressure ratio of the hot and cold water coming from the pipes rather than the actual water temperature.

A pressure balance shower control consists of one handle that controls both the volume and the temperature of the water. (A two-handled pressure balance shower has one handle for hot and one for cold.)

A major advantage of pressure balance over thermostatic is the price; pressure balance showers are more cost-efficient.

The downside to pressure balance: though the price is better, you’ll get what you pay for. With pressure balance, you have fewer options for your shower (a pressure balance valve will not allow you to use more than one function, like an overhead shower head and a handheld shower or body spray, simultaneously), and because it cannot sense temperature, the scald-proof factor is lower than it is in thermostatic systems.

Thermostatic showers

A thermostatic shower also does just what its name implies: keeps the temperature stable. Thermostatic valves sense water temperature and mixes the hot and cold to deliver the perfect temperature.

Because you can control two shower components – the volume (or water pressure) and the temperature – thermostatic showers have two handles.

One handle determines the water temperature and can be set to your ideal temperature at all times while you use the second handle to turn the shower on and off. Once you find that temperature, you won’t have to find it again every time you shower!

Thermostatic showers have the advantage of being safer for children and the elderly, who are especially at risk of shower scalds, thanks to their “set it and forget it” property. They’re also better for the lazy (or extremely busy) among us who don’t want to spend time fiddling with the controls to get the perfect water temperature.

What is California Proposition 65 and does it effect Watermark products?

In 1986, California voters approved the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (known as “Proposition 65”). Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide a warning when they expose people in California to chemicals listed as carcinogens or reproductive toxicants.  If a business has 10 or more employees and is causing a significant exposure to one or more listed chemicals, then a warning is required. The type of product or exposure source does not change the responsibility to provide a warning. However, if no significant exposure is occurring to a listed chemical, no warning is required. In other words, the mere presence of a chemical in a product or place does not automatically require a warning to be provided.  Additionally, warnings are not required where a product simply “contains” a listed chemical but may not actually cause an exposure.  Although a business has the burden of proving a warning is not required, The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) discourages businesses from providing a warning that is not necessary.  As Watermark product is certified to comply with NSF/ANSI 372, Watermark has decided not to include Warning Labels in the State of California.  

Care & Maintenance

What kind of cleaner can I use on my Watermark Product?

Do not use cleaners that contain abrasives, harsh chemicals, alcohol, or other organic solvents. Avoid using any cleansers or pads/sponges that are unsafe for polished metallic surfaces. Most green, fibrous pads/sponges contain microscopic mineral particles that can scratch a faucet's finish. Cleaner manufacturers may change their formulations at any time; therefore, Watermark does not recommend any specific cleaner. Immediately after cleaning your faucet, wash off remaining cleaner with water. To remove water spots, use warm water and a soft, damp cloth. Hard water stains can be removed with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water, followed by rinsing with water. To preserve the luster of your faucet, occasionally apply a high quality non-abrasive wax, such as car wax.

How can I clean a clogged showerhead?

We suggest soaking your showerhead in a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water for one hour. White vinegar will facilitate the break down of mineral deposits and sediment build-up.

What do I do if my faucet is leaking?

See replacement parts FAQ below.

What do I do if the finish of my Watermark product is fading?

Nickel finishes may oxidize over time.  These finishes do not utilize protective coatings in order to allow the natural beauty of the metal to show through.  In case of oxidization, apply a small amount of mild metal polish to a soft rag and rub through.

Gold and copper finishes may fade over time.  To restore the shine of these finishes, spray a small mount of lemon scented furniture polish to a soft rag and rub through.


Can I use my existing drain assembly when installing a new faucet?

In most cases, yes. But if you're changing finishes, (i.e. from chrome to brass), you'll probably want to change the drain assembly to match your new faucet finish.

What if I am using a very thick countertop and require longer nipples (shanks) for my lavatory spout and valves?

All of our lavatory valves use standard size threaded valve bodies of 3". There are no extensions for these valves. We do offer custom nipple (shank) lengths for all of our spouts that must be ordered at the time the faucet is ordered. Custom size nipples (shanks) may not be ordered after the spout is ordered as the nipples are pressure tested for quality insurance. All spout nipples (shanks) are at least 1 1/2 " long.

When should I use Teflon® tape, plumber's putty, or silicone?

Teflon® tape is an effective pipe sealant. Plumber's putty and silicone are used to form a water tight seal between the sink and the faucet and between the sink and the drain. We recommend using a non-corrosive 100% silicone and strongly discourage the use of Plumber's Putty as it will void all warranties. Plumber's Putty contains an acid that can eat through certain protective coatings. No other sealant is acceptable.

Replacement Parts

What causes a Watermark faucet or valve to leak or drip?

In general, leaks are often caused by a scratched or torn cartridge, o-ring, or grommet.  This can occur from many reasons such as hard water, debris or sediment left in plumbing lines, over tightening, and others. Typically, a washer repair kit or replacement cartridge will correct this type of leak.

How do I obtain replacement parts for my Watermark product?

There are two ways you may obtain replacement parts. One way is through a local Watermark Dealer. A second way is by calling our Customer Services Center at 1-800-84-BRASS Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Why should I use genuine Watermark replacement parts?

Watermark uses only the highest quality components made out of solid brass.  All Watermark parts are machined or casted to the highest standards and tightest tolerances.  Watermark valve bodies will only accept Watermark cartridges and Watermark handles are broached to work only with Watermark stems.  Failure to use Watermark parts will void all warranties.

How long does it take to ship parts if I order direct from Watermark?

Stocked items will ship within 48 hours and ship via UPS Ground Service. If you need your part to arrive sooner, we do offer expedited shipping.

I don't see my faucet on your website, does that mean it's no longer serviceable?

We carry many parts for discontinued models; however, there are exceptions. To determine if we have the part you need, we will ask you to provide the age of your faucet, model #, a photo, and proof of purchase.

If I contact Watermark directly for warranty parts, what type of questions can I expect to be asked?

You can expect to be asked the following questions: What is your faucet's model number? Can you provide proof of purchase? What is the age of your faucet? What is the problem you are experiencing and has any work been done to correct it? Please be near your faucet when you contact us as we may need to ask further questions or recommend a resolution.

How can I find my model number?

Exact model numbers can be found on your box and on your packing sheet. You may also browse through our Photo Gallery and Catalogue/ Products pages to find your product.

Where do I return my parts for credit that were ordered directly through Watermark Designs?

Watermark Designs
350 Dewitt Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11207, USA

All items must be returned within 30 days of receipt. Unused merchandise must be in a saleable, unused condition and in its original packaging - including packing slip. A minimum 30% restocking fee may apply. Shipping and handling costs will not be refunded.


What is Watermark's warranty on its products?

CONSUMER LIMITED WARRANTY: WATERMARK DESIGNS products carry a lifetime limited warranty to the original consumer purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship for as long as they own their home.

Parts made of glass, porcelain, or wood are excluded from this warranty. In addition, all finishes appearing on pop-up assemblies and drains are excluded. Uncoated polished brass and any other living finish are intended to change over time and are excluded from the finish warranty. All copper and gold finishes are warranted for five years from date of purchase from the original purchaser. Customers are also strongly recommended to rinse the water supply fittings to get rid of scales and deposits and to install supply stops with filters or water softeners so as not to void the warranty. The use of any lead based acidic curing adhesive, mastic or plumbers putty will also void the finish warranty. This warranty is void for any damages due to misuse, abuse, neglect, accident, improper installation, improper care of finishes, or use of any replacement parts other than genuine WATERMARK DESIGNS parts.

This warranty is made to the original consumer purchaser in the original installation and is effective from the date of purchase as shown on purchaser's receipt. During the warranty period, WATERMARK DESIGNS will replace any part, which proves defective in material and/or workmanship under normal installation, use and service. Any covered faucet part that fails during the terms of this warranty will be replaced at no charge. Replacement parts can be obtained from your local dealer or distributor or by returning the part to the factory, transportation charges prepaid, to the address indicated here.

This warranty is the exclusive warranty granted by WATERMARK DESIGNS and is in lieu of all other warranties of merchant ability and fitness for a particular purpose and is further limited to defective parts replacement only. Watermark Designs will not be liable for any labor or other expenses or for damages of any kind or nature incurred in connection with the sale, use, or replacement of any defective products or parts or portions thereof. Watermark Designs neither assumes nor authorizes any other person to assume for it any other liabilities in connection with the sale or use of its products.

COMMERCIAL WARRANTY: WATERMARK DESIGNS extends the above limited warranty to purchasers of products for industrial, commercial and business use upon the same terms and conditions and exclusions applicable to residential purchasers, except that the finish and functionality warranty periods are reduced to a period of 1 year from the date of purchase.

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