Taps drip. It's inevitable, like death and taxes.
Traditional faucets close with the help of a screwed rubber ring
the end of a metal pipe. Sooner or later, the rubber is
will go hard, split or just use it and it will not
Longest seal. Then the water seeps in and the faucet starts
dripping. Left alone the problem worsens as water
eliminates the valve seat. Then you will have to either
grind the valve seat (Do you own a valve seat re-grinder?
Who would want?) Or replace the faucet. Late in both cases.
But that must not happen. Many faucets now use ceramic discs.
Method of Operation
Instead of creating a seal by forcing a rubber washer on
the end of the water supply pipe, they use two ceramic discs
each with corresponding locations in them. These are held during the
end of the water supply pipe. The lower disc does not move
while the upper disk is returned to the lower disk by the
faucet head. The water will flow only when the up and down
This provision has several advantages. most
is clear that ceramic discs are much harder than rubber
and much more resistant to erosion by water infiltration. Therefore
They have a much longer life before needing to be replaced.
In addition, because the water flows between the two discs,
Discs do not erode the metal of the valve. Also because
the way the disks are arranged, the faucets go fully with
only a quarter turn and the tap needs only a slight pressure
to work. This light action has the advantage that they
are easy to use with the back of the hand if your hands
are dirty and for people with reduced mobility.
Where are they used
Ease of use and long life mean that the biggest
quality sink mixers were made using ceramic discs
for a while, but the basin faucets with ceramic discs are
surprisingly less common. More use of a faucet is important, more
attractive use of ceramic disk technology becomes. This
is doubly true in hard water areas, which can be murder on
Everything has its disadvantages, and there are disadvantages to ceramics
disk faucets. They end up using it and are more
expensive than old style faucets and not suitable for very
low pressure of water. Unusually, many manufacturers
seems to use standard sizes, so getting a replacement is
Often simple. Because the faucets on the basins can be either
handed over or not, we can not always be sure of which
turn every tap, it can be boring! Finally, unlike
Traditional style faucets, which take a number of tricks to be
in full, you can easily turn the flow of water well beyond
meant. Unexpected and vigorous water flow and splashing
can cause water everywhere, including on your
clothing. Not good!