A leaky faucet can cause all kinds of problems, from the annoyance of a persistent drip, to a higher water bill or even expensive damage to your plumbing. At Anytime Plumbing, we are available to address any type of faucet repair, maintenance, or installation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We understand the importance of fixing a plumbing issue before it gets expensively out of hand and we’re ready to help whenever you need it!
It can be costly to repair a leaky or damaged faucet, but the cost of not addressing the issue grows exponentially over time. In addition to the water wasted and the costs associated with it, pipes can corrode, floorboards and walls risk damage from mold and mildew, and unsightly water stains can be left on sinks and fixtures. According to the Water Sense program, which is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Partnership Program, water leaks from a single home can waste up to 10,000 of gallons annually.
There are four main types of faucets that you’ll find in your home: compression, ball, disc, and cartridge faucets. In this section, we’ll briefly go over each and discuss some of the issues that can arise.
Compression faucets are a common type of faucet, found especially in older homes. Compression faucets often show wear a little earlier than other types, particularly when it comes to the components (such as the washer) inside the faucet.
Ball faucets are the single handle type that rotate around a ball at the base of the unit, similar to the classic kitchen faucet which can be tilted one way for hot water and the other direction for cold. Ball faucets tend to have more parts and are harder to diagnose in terms of leaks than simpler units.
Disc faucets , sometimes called ceramic disc faucets, are one of the lowest maintenance options on the market. Because of their reliability and resistance to wear, they are commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms. They operate somewhat similarly to a ball faucet, except that two ceramic discs regulate the flow of water.
Cartridge faucets have a self-contained apparatus (the cartridge) that regulates the water flow and is the primary stress point. Because of this, it can be a simpler problem since it usually comes down to fixing or replacing the cartridge itself.
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