4 Most Common Types of Faucets

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When you think of plumbing fixtures in your home, one of the first things that comes to mind is probably one of your faucets. As long as we’ve had running water in our homes, we’ve needed something to control it, and that’s exactly what a faucet does – give you a reliable flow of water when you need it, then hold it back and wait when you don’t.

Today, there are many different types of faucets using different technologies, allowing us to create fixtures that match almost any aesthetic design, functionality, or other quality you are looking for. However, despite the seemingly infinite number of faucets on the market, the reality is that the vast majority of faucets can easily be classified into one of four main types. The purpose of this blog is to explain them, including how to identify them and what they do.

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1. Ball faucet

A ball faucet is a single-handle faucet that can be easily identified by the handle located on top of the ball cap on top of the faucet spout. A single handle moves left and right to control temperature and is raised to control water flow. It is this ball assembly with the groove, O-ring, and spring rubber seal that makes the faucet work. Since these faucets typically require more parts, including rubber parts that are prone to wear and corrosion, they do require more maintenance and frequent repairs than other types of faucets. They also tend to leak more, which means it’s important to keep an eye on them and make sure they stay in good condition.

2. Disc faucet

This is the latest and perhaps the best in faucet technology. Typically identifiable by a single lever control and a wide cylindrical body, disc faucets control water temperature via two ceramic discs at the bottom of an internal chamber. In this room, hot and cold water are mixed together, with the respective proportions controlled by the left and right angles of the lever. These are arguably the most reliable types of faucets you can find today, requiring minimal maintenance and minimal repairs. That being said, fixing problems that may exist with these faucets can be tricky, and it’s generally recommended that you trust a professional to fix them properly to ensure their continued durability.

3. Install faucet

Cartridge and compression faucets are often indistinguishable unless you feel how they work. Cartridge faucets generally operate smoother than compression faucets, with a consistent and smooth feel throughout the entire torsion axis. A half-turn turns the faucet from closed to fully open and back again without any additional pressure or effort. For this reason, cartridge faucets often have lever-style handles that are easier to grip and turn than round valve-style handles. Due to their valve core design, they are generally lower maintenance and more reliable than compression faucets.

4. Compression faucet

Compression faucets are also dual-handle, meaning the hot and cold water lines are controlled via handles on the sides of the spout. However, compression faucets are often very noticeable because they feel less pressure when they are open and more pressure when they are closed. This is because they work by using a nifty screw that pushes on a rubber gasket, creating a seal that cuts off the water. This is why they often come with round knobs that are easier to turn longer distances than the handles on cartridge faucets. This is arguably the oldest faucet technology on this list and has become easy to find and affordable. However, it will also wear out quickly and require repairs, as they can quickly start leaking.


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