There are a lot of DIY plumbers out there who love nothing more than doing their own household repairs. They think they can fix any leak, clog, or backup all on their own. For some of them, this may actually be true! They are probably in the minority however. If you don’t know exactly what you are doing when it comes time home repairs, you could cause more harm than good. If you are a DIY plumber about to tackle a sink repair, take some time to learn about the basic home faucets.
Ball Faucet: Ball faucets are very common in kitchens. They can be identified by their single long handle, which pivots around a plastic or metal ball inside the body of the faucet. The ball has special slots in it, along with a rubber O-ring spring loaded seals. The positioning of the ball regulates both the temperature and flow of water.
Disk Faucet: Ceramic disk faucets are one of the most modern types of faucets and are among the most reliable on the market. They use a pressure balance cartridge to mix hot and cold water rather than delivering separate streams of hot and cold water individually. Similarly to ball faucets, temperature is controlled by pivoting a single handle.
Compression Faucet: Compression faucets are one of the oldest and most classic forms of faucet. They have separate nobs for both hot and cold water. Optimal temperature is achieved by balancing the release of hot and cold water. They function using a compression stem with a washer at the end. Compression faucets are most often found in older home, however updates, mode advanced versions are sometimes still used today.
Once a DIY plumber has been able to identify what type of sink they are working on, they will better be able to go about repairs. Good luck to all you home plumbers out there!