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Remodel Kitchens – Saratoga – Faucet valve types
Faucet valve types matter in terms of durability and maintainability.
The different types are:
These faucets always have separate handles for hot and cold. When you turn the handle, you turn a screw with either raises or lowers a valve washer against a valve seat, thereby opening or closing the valve.
These are the least expensive and most easily maintained type of valve.
These faucets always have one handle.
The handle operates a valve that is in the shape of a ball and that has holes through it (think swiss cheese) that line up with similar holes in the faucet itself.
The degree to which the holes line up determine how much hot and how much cold water flows through the valve.
Ball valves are very convenient (can be operated with one hand) but are the most prone to leak.
These faucets have one handle or two handles, but the way the hot and cold are turned on an off is different from either a ball valve or a compression valve
The valve mechanism is a “stem” or “cartridge” that runs up and down the valve housing.
As the cartridge moves up and down, the water volume is adjusted.
For single handle faucets, as the cartridge moves from left to right, the mixture of hot and cold is adjusted.
These are high quality valve mechanisms and a leaking valve is easily fixed by replacing a cartridge that has worn washers.’
Cartridges are sufficiently cheap that removing a cartridge to replace it’s washers is often more trouble than it’s worth, its easier to just replace the cartridge.
Ceramic disk valve
These are the highest quality valve, and newest type.
They have a single handle and body that is a wide cylindar.
The wide housing has two ceramic disks inside.
One disk does not move. The other slides up and down. There are holes in the two disks that line up (or don’t) to control the flow of water and the mix of hot and cold water.
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