Water shutoff valves allow you to control the flow of water in your property by opening or closing the supply. This is an extremely useful function in many situations, including shutting down the water supply during a plumbing emergency to prevent further damage. Aside from a main shut off valve, larger properties can have multiple valves so that water supply can be isolated and shut off in only select parts of the building.
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Types of water shutoff valves
While their main function is the same, there are several kinds of water stop valves that you will commonly find, each with their own quirks. No matter which kind of valve you prefer, 247 Local Plumber can get it installed quickly without much disruption to your daily life.
Ball valves are simple devices that are most often used for main water pipes. Their simple design makes them very durable, and great for switching water supply on and off quickly, as the lever only needs to be turned slightly.
Gate valves function by opening and closing a gate inside the body of the valve, usually operated by turning a handle one way or the other. These are also used for main water pipes usually, and very durable as well.
Globe valves allow for more dynamic control over water supply, as the valve can be partially shut or gradually opened to limit water flow. These are most often used for outdoor water spigots.
Fixture shutoff valves
Coming in straight and angled types, fixture shutoff valves are used for individual appliances or fixtures, such as toilets, sinks, washing machines etc. Whether you need a straight or angled one depends on where the pipe comes out from (the wall or floor).
These valves are more niche in application, with their most common use being for sprinkler systems. Unlike other valves, it has two openings, one to switch water supply on or off, and another to drain waste water.
Water Shutoff Valve Installation Process
Water stop valves are relatively easy to install, but getting a professional plumber to handle things is always the best option to make sure everything is installed properly.
- Turn off the water supply
Before beginning any work, turn off the main water supply to your home to prevent any leaks or flooding.
- Measure and cut the pipes
Use a pipe cutter to cut the existing water supply pipe where you want to install the shutoff valve. Make sure to measure carefully to ensure that the valve will fit properly.
- Prepare the pipes
Use a deburring tool to remove any burrs or rough edges from the cut pipes. Then, clean the pipes with a rag to remove any debris or dirt.
- Install the valve
Slip a compression nut onto each end of the cut pipe, followed by the ferrule. Then, slide the shutoff valve onto the pipe and tighten the compression nuts onto the valve using a wrench.
- Test the valve
Turn the valve off and on a few times to make sure it is functioning properly. If you notice any leaks or problems, tighten the compression nuts and check the connections again.
Water Shutoff Valve Melbourne FAQs
Can I install a water shutoff valve myself?
While it is possible to install a water shutoff valve yourself, it is recommended that you hire 247 Local Plumber to ensure that the valve is installed properly and that there are no leaks.
How do I choose the right water shutoff valve?
The type of water shutoff valve you need will depend on the size and type of pipe you are working with. It’s important to choose a valve that is compatible with your plumbing system and that is rated for the correct water pressure.
How often should I test my water shutoff valves?
It’s a good idea to test your water shutoff valves periodically to make sure they are functioning properly. At least once a year, turn the valve off and on a few times to make sure it is not stuck and that there are no leaks.