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Choosing Your Faucet
A faucet is a device for delivering water from a plumbing system. To some people is it known as a tap. Most houses would have at least four taps inside and probably at least two outside. A tap fitting consists of the following: a spout, a handle, a lift rod, cartridge, mixing chamber and water inlets. When somebody turns the handle on, the valve is opened and water flows out.
Choosing a new faucet for your kitchen or bathroom can be fun. The reason is that there are so many different models and designs from which to choose. A basic knowledge of taps is needed so you can make informed decisions on what type of tap fitting to go with when doing up or building your house. You will need to think about what type you want in your bathroom, what type you want in your kitchen, what type you want in your laundry and what type would best suit your outside needs. You will also need to think about the type you want, the style you want, the design you want and the color you want. There are many different things you need to take into consideration when making a choice.
Which Type of Faucet is Best For You?
Faucets are widely made out of brass because brass is resistant to soft water corrosion and hard water calcification. There are four different types of faucets used in residential homes. These are ball, disc, cartridge, and compression. The first three mentioned are washerless faucets and the compression type uses a washer and is the most common of the three.
Ball faucets are commonly used in the kitchen and were the first type of washerless faucet made. These are identifiable by the single handle which moves over a round ball shape at the base of the faucet spout. This type is known to leak more than other types.
Disc faucets are one of the later developments in plumbing technology. They have a single lever over a wide cylindrical body. These are of the highest quality, are reliable and don’t need repairing very often at all.
Cartridge faucets operate with a movable stem cartridge that moves down and up to regulate the flow of water. These look very similar to a compression type tap but you can tell the difference by how the handle feels.
Compression faucets have been around for years. They are the taps that you would find in old houses. They are inexpensive but are prone to leaks and need maintenance. They have separate hot and cold handles and you need to tighten the handles to close off the water flow