What Exactly Is A Water Shutoff Valve & How Do I Use It?

July 2, 2015/ 0

As with many things in life, it pays to be prepared. This couldn’t be truer than when you own a home. And our Orange County and Los Angeles plumbers know that being informed on where your main water shutoff valve is located and how to turn it off could potentially save you a small fortune in repair bills. In the unfortunate but oftentimes inevitable event of a burst pipe or malfunctioning appliance, getting to and turning off your home’s water supply is vital. In fact, it’s a requirement before either you or an Orange County or Los Angeles plumber can make any repairs. So, before a water disaster strikes your home, you should familiarize yourself with both the location and type of water shutoff valve you have present.

The two main types of valves used in most residential homes are as follows:

Gate Valve – most Orange County and Los Angeles plumbers may also refer to a gate valve as a sluice valve. These valves typically last for many years, but can become stuck if not opened and closed frequently. This is one of the reasons why it is vital to check your home’s main shutoff valve for proper function. The last thing you want is a stuck valve when a leak occurs.

Ball Valve – This type of valve is typical for homes with copper or plastic main water pipes. Often times and Orange County or Los Angeles plumber will install these valves because they are easier to turn than a gate valve. The position of the handle on a ball valve will tell you whether it is open or closed. If the handle is aligned with the pipe, then it is open. A handle at 90 degrees to the pipe means that the valve is closed.

At Jack Stephan, our team of plumbing experts is highly skilled in all plumbing repairs regardless of size or difficulty. And we are happy to guarantee all of our parts and labor, which gives our customers confidence in knowing that repairs performed by our team will last.

We were founded nearly 70 years ago and have been proud to be the preferred Orange County and Los Angeles plumber since 1946.

For more information about water shutoff valves or to schedule a repair appointment, please give us a call at 1 (800) 464-7586.


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