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What Type Of Faucet Do You Have?

If the faucet in your kitchen or bathroom is leaking, fixing it is not as easy as running to the hardware store and picking up a few spare parts. If you’ve ever navigated the aisles, you realize there are hundreds of parts, and knowing which one is at fault can take a lot of time … and guesswork. 

What Type Of Faucet Do You Have?There are four common types of faucets used in most homes:

  • Ball
  • Cartridge
  • Compression
  • Disc


You’ll often find a ball faucet in your kitchen. These faucets have one single handle to control both the hot and cold water supply, where the handle rotates on a plastic or metal ball. This was the first washerless faucet introduced into the marketplace. The ball rotates using a series of slots, which have rubber O-rings and spring-loaded rubber seals. Any number of these can wear and tear, causing the faucet to leak. Because of the number of parts, this design tends to leak more than other washerless faucets. 


These are your two handle designs. You often find them in the bathroom, and you can tell them apart from compression faucets because of the smoothness of operation. It operates by having washers that are compressed down close to the water flow. A mere half turn controls the on/off position. 


Compression faucets are the oldest in the marketplace. You’ll find these in old homes, often original in basements or utility rooms. Like cartridge faucets, they use two separate handles to control the hot and cold water flow. But these require more action to tighten and control the water flow. 


Disc faucets are the newest technology to hit the market. They operate with a single lever that sits on a wide cylindrical body. Hot and cold water mix in a pressure balance cartridge before flowing out. It uses two ceramic disks located at the bottom of the unit to control pressure control. The single handle swings side to side to control temperature. These are high quality products that are reliable and don’t leak often. 

Depending on which type of faucet you have controls how you repair it. If you have any questions, or are ready to install a new one, we can help. 

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