What are Ceramic Disc Taps?

Published on: 15/09/2018 Last Updated: 27/08/2019
Ceramic Disc Taps

Most households have sometimes in the past faced problem of leaking taps. Apart from the sound of dripping, the waste of water until it is fixed or replaced is frustrating. As the leaking gets worse, we end up turning the levers as far as we possibly can to reduce the drip. However, as the taps have traditionally used a rubber washer which wears and cracks with use, helping to create the leak in the first place, the additional turning can just damage the washer further. This is where ceramic disc can provide a more resilient alternative that can extend the life of your faucets.

In place of the traditional washer, two ceramic discs are used, one of which is fixed, the other being turned by the levers. The tap only needs a 90-degree rotation, which aligns these two discs, allowing the water to flow. When the discs are not aligned the water is stopped. This quarter turn means less friction being applied to the discs, and therefore less wear and tear.

This reduced friction and the harder nature of the ceramic, which results in less water erosion, means they will last longer than the washers. Added to this advantage is the increased convenience a quarter turn provides. It also becomes convenient at times when there is dirt on your hands that you would rather not touch anything; a quarter turn tap can be switched on with just a nudge of an elbow, or the back of the hand.

Plumbing connections for ceramic disc are no different to other taps, and with that comes all the ease of a quarter-turn technology, and a more durable, longer lasting tap without those annoying leaks. From a long-term maintenance point of view, ceramic disc taps are much better than normal taps. It is always worthwhile buying taps from a reputable manufacturer for durable and long lasting products and those which can be easily replaced.

Sarabeth Asaff

Reviewed By: Sarabeth Asaff
Sarabeth Asaff is a former kitchen and bathroom designer who now works as a home and garden industry writer and expert. She has a working knowledge of all areas of the home improvement industry, and specializes in functional design and material advice.

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