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Faucets Emergency Plumbing

Faucets are a key part of the plumbing system because they dispense fresh water. Keeping your faucets in working condition will ensure a constant supply of fresh water to your house or office. Yet plumbing emergencies do plague faucets causing the all too familiar condition of a leaky faucet or a noisy faucet, which if left to intensify will require an altogether faucet replacement. Indeed a dripping or leaking faucet is the most common plumbing problem in which a steady drip not only wastes your money, but also water.

Below are the four types of faucets most commonly used across America:

Compression - traditional faucets with hot/cold handles. Each handle contains a valve that opens or closes to allow through or rather block water flow. A rubber washer on the base of the valve is compressed to block any small amounts of water from flowing and causing drips. Usually a worn out rubber washer will cause a dripping faucet.

Cartridge – Single or two handled containing a stem cartridge that moves up and down to regulate water flow. Single handled cartridge faucets operate up and down to regulate water flow, and left and right to control temperature. Two handled cartridge faucets look similar to compression faucets but stop water flow without compressing a washer.

Ball – Single handle attached to faucet base with a round base. The ball shaped control contains chambers to control water volume and mix hot and cold water.

Disc – A recent innovation in faucet technology, a single handle with a cylindrical shaped body, containing ceramic discs that slide over each other to control flow and temperature.

In an age of increasing world-wide water depletion, dripping, leaking or noisy faucets require urgent plumbing faucet repair so as to minimize water lose. For installing or repairing faucets, be advised not to attempt on your own, but hire your local plumber to do a job well done.

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