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When you’re in the market for a faucet installation, the amount of options can be a bit overwhelming. If compression, ball, disc, and cartridge faucets mean nothing to you, then prepare for enlightenment! Below are some helpful tips on how to recognize certain types of faucets.
Compression Faucets are the father of all faucets. While compression faucets have reduced in popularity among new installations (due to rising demand for new faucet styles), they’re still out there. Compression faucets have been around since the beginning, with the trademark “hot” and “cold” separate handles for each temperature setting. Compression faucets function by using a compression stem, a type of screw, with a washer at the end of it that presses on the valve seat.
Ball Faucets are the first type of faucet that doesn’t utilize washers. Moving the ball within the ball faucet opens and closes passages within the ball that determine water flow. The plastic or metal ball inside the body of the faucet and under the ball shaped cap has chambers or slots in it which control the flow and mixing temperature of the water coming from the faucet. Because of the amounts of components within ball faucets, they tend to leak a bit more than other faucets at times.
Disc Faucets are identifiable by the use of a single lever over a wide cylindrical body. The word “disc” refers to the use of two ceramic discs that regulate temperature and water flow. Disc faucets are essentially more modern, “leak-less” cartridge faucets. Disc faucets are commonly known as being incredibly reliable and requiring little to no repair within the life of the appliance.
Cartridge Faucets work through a stem cartridge, which moves in an up-and-down motion. Cartridge faucets are identified more by how they feel when you use them, rather than how they visually appear. Cartridge faucets can also have two handles like compression faucets, but cartridge faucets require much less energy when turning the faucet on or off. The compression faucet requires tightening of the handles. Choosing the right type of faucet for you depends on your taste, style, and budget. Our plumbers can complete your faucet installation or repair with ease and professionalism. Contact C&W Plumbing today at 972-395-2597 for a plumbing consultation.