Like ball valves and gate valves
, faucets are valves that control the flow of water. The first screw-down tap was invented in the U.S. in 1845. It operated like a globe valve, in that, when unscrewed, the rubber stopper would lift and the water would be permitted to flow freely. Since then, new and more efficient ways have been developed to control the water that comes out of the faucet.
Most common is the cartridge. This features a plastic or ceramic surface, which slides against another spring-loaded surface. Modern faucets also include an aerator for water conservation and efficiency. The aerator breaks up the stream of water into small droplets.
Some faucets also have detachable heads to make washing dishes more effective and almost all taps today are mixer taps (except for those that feed into the washing machine
). This means that they provide both hot and cold water through one outlet. This allows the user to mix both hot and cold water to find a suitable temperature.
When it comes to manufacturers of faucets, North America has three major players: Delta, Moen, and American Standard. All three of these major producers have their advantages and disadvantages. So if you are looking to remodel or provide tenant improvements, make sure that you consider products from all three before you decide to buy.
Problems with faucets generally occur with simple parts such as the aerator. The cartridges are also subject to the normal wear-and-tear, although this may be accelerated depending on the impurity of the water supply. If your faucet hasn't been working correctly, give us a call today at (480) 615-7766
to schedule service! Rainforest Plumbing & Air has cartridges for Moen, Delta, and American Standard in stock and on-hand.
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