Ball Valve Faucets
This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling (we service the greater San Jose CA metro area), as well as part of a sub-series on bathroom faucets. To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
Valve Type = Reliability
There are four different types of valves used in faucets (bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, event outside garden hose bibs). Listed in the order of reliability, they are:
This post focuses on ball valve faucets.
They are always single handle faucets and you can almost always identify them because the top of the faucet housing is shaped as if there was a ball inside it, which there is.
The valve mechanism is a ball (literally) with channels going through it that either line up (or not) with equivalent channels in the faucet housing. When the channel in the ball and the channel in the housing do not line up, the valve is closed. When the channels do line up, the valve is open.
Typically a side to side motion determines the mix of hot and cold water which a front to back motion determines the amount of water that flows.
Ball valve faucets are very reliable, which is important to me. They are however not the most reliable. That honor belongs to a newer technology known as a disc valve, which is the topic of the next post (select the link earlier in this sentence).
The images below show two more ball valve faucets, so you can get an idea of how functional (and common) they are. Even though the pictures in this post all show chrome faucets, single handle ball mount faucets come in every style and finish imaginable, to match any bathroom decor.
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