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The 4 Different Types of Taps Washers in Australia for Bathrooms and Kitchens

29 August

A tap is a tap. When you want to fill the sink up or pour a refreshing glass of water, you turn that tap on, and the water comes out. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t several different types of taps.

First, the definition. What is a tap? To put it, a tap is a simple mechanical device that allows a user to control the flow of liquid from a pipe. But it gets a bit more complex — because there are at least four different basic types of taps and tap washers.

Let’s explore the various water tap types.

If you’re browsing various types of tap for your kitchen or bathroom renovation, you’ll notice that there are HUNDREDS (and even thousands!) of different hot and cold tap styles. But in this article, we’re not talking about the many different tap styles, kitchen tapware and bath taps to match your chic decor preferences. We’re talking about the fundamental mechanics of how your tap will function.

There are four basic tap type configurations: compression tap washer, ball, disk, and cartridge to break it down. These tap type differences will be crucial when you change your tap washers to stop a drip or a leak.

The Four Types Of Taps

Cartoon Of Bathroom Mixer Tap

1. The Compression Washer Tap

Think about the typical garden tap. It’s a simple handle that screws out to turn the water flow on and screws in to turn it off. The Compression Washer Tap is still found inside many homes. It is a very common and traditional tap type. But it can also be the one that causes the most trouble.

How it works: The flow of water is controlled by a nut covered by a washer, which is moved either up or down against the seat of the tap. If the sink has hot and cold water, you need a separate compression washer tap for each water source. This type of tap washer commonly needs replacing.

2. The Ball Tap

If you haven’t heard of a ball tap, you probably know it by its more common name: the mixer tap. It’s called mixer tap because a single handle can control the flow from both the hot and the cold water sources.

How it works: The’ ball’ rotates when the user manipulates the handle in different directions. And it lines up with different holes that control the water flow from the hot or cold sources.

3. The Ceramic Discs Tap

Disk tap is another tap type with a single handle described as a ‘mixer tap’. And these are more common in homes than ball tap types. You can spot the difference between a ball tap type and a disk tap from the latter’s wider, cylinder-shaped body.

How it works: Water flows out of the tap when holes inside the tap’s workings align. The holes are located on two disks, usually made of ceramic to last a long time. Another benefit of disk tap types is that a slight tap turn will have that water flowing at maximum capacity.

4. The Cartridge Tap

In all honesty, the types of taps mentioned above are all quite similar in that simple on/off mechanisms control water flow. The cartridge tap is yet another water tap type referred to as ‘mixer taps’ all over Australia and beyond.

How it works: This type of tap gets its name from the internal cartridge that lies within. When the cartridge is twisted sideways, the water temperature is controlled. And up and down movements control the intensity of the flow.

What Type Of Tap Should You Choose?

Is your tap leaking, but you’re not sure what type it is to fix it? On the market for a new set of taps to match your bathrooms, recently renovated with contemporary designs, but have no idea which way to go? With all those different types, it can get pretty confusing which one is the right type of tap for you and your home or business. Especially when you love cooking and bubble baths, you’d want the perfect tap for your bathroom and also the best in kitchen taps. Perhaps, you’ll want a mixer tap? But don’t worry! Gold Coast Plumbing Company can help with the types of tap and recommend the best one! We are the Gold Coast plumbers with 40 years of combined experience in every plumbing issue in and around your home or premises. Our fully qualified and licensed team go the extra mile to provide you with an excellent job. You can rely on us! Call 1300 390 361 for friendly advice and service today.