Shut off valves are supply valves that are used in every home in one-way or another to supply liquids and gases. You need to replace shut off valve in your home for a number of reasons:
- They experience wear and tear thus end up working inefficiently
- The wear and tear the valves get may cause leakages, which in turn may compromise your safety, especially where gases are concerned.
The process of replacing shut off valves is one that you should learn. You may need to do the replacement on your own in case of an emergency.
The process of replacing valves of this nature is outlined below.
You need to shop around for a shut off valve of a similar make and model to the one that you will be replacing. If the valves are not compatible, you may not be able to fix the problem you have encountered. You can either shut off everything and get the valve or take photos to show the sellers at the store.
You should research on the types of tools that you will need for the replacement process. These tools will depend on where the shut off valve will be located. For example, the valve under your kitchen sink can be fixed with the aid of channel lock pliers. Valves, which are much bigger may, required at least two pipe wrenches to maneuver. The right tools for the job will make your work easier.
You need to shut off the supply of the gas or liquid that is being passed along the valve you wish to fix. You could shut off the supply at the meter, near the hot water heater, or the major gas shut off valve. Alternatively, you could opt to shut off the valve, which is within a closer proximity to the mains than the one you want to fix. You will achieve the same goal.
Once the supply of water of liquid has been shut off, you need to drain the pipes especially those at the basement. You need to give the draining process some time so that the system would be free of fluids. If water or gas is still passing out, then your attempt to shut off the system did not work. You need to do it again.
Remove the old valve while making sure the main pipe does not move. Where necessary apply the joint compound on the pipe threads. Always ask the warehouse sellers whether you need this compound and where you should put it on exactly.
Install the replacement valve in the right location and make sure you use a wrench to tighten it. You should then turn the valve off.
Take time to turn any drains that were on to off positions before turning your gas or liquid on.
You should inspect the new valve for leakages. Soapy water on the valve can be used to show gas leakages if bubbles occur. For water, dry the valve and check for water forming.
Should a replacement valve not work you should:
- Remove the valve and check whether it works properly.
- Find out whether there is another leakage point along the pipes.
- Call a professional.
In conclusion, replacement of shut off valves needs to be done on a regular basis because they prevent leakages of water or gas that may endanger your home and raise the energy bills. Having a professional plumber look at the valves may be the best option because he is equipped to deal with major complications along the way.