How to Repair a Water Valve

Repair Water Valve

For most plumbing jobs, it’s best to call the professionals. Engaging in do-it-yourself plumbing activities can be dangerous and can lead to future plumbing problems.

We recommend that you call DRAINPRO to help with even the smallest plumbing job. Our trained and friendly Ottawa plumbers can get your problem fixed quickly and easily. Even something as small as replacing a water shutoff valve can spiral out of control into numerous other plumbing problems.

However, if you are planning on replacing a water shutoff valve yourself, we’d like to make sure you have the best advice possible before attempting it. Note that you follow the guide below at your own risk.

How to Replace a Water Shutoff Valve

In general, if you’re planning to repair an in-line water valve, chances are it’s simpler to just replace the mechanism. The parts inside a water valve are usually too small to make it simple to repair the water valve. Instead, buy a new water valve at your local hardware store.

To avoid soldering, buy a water valve with pressure connections. Pressure connections allow valves to be tightened to pipes with wrenches, and don’t require soldering.

The following are step-by-step instructions on how to on replace in-line shut off valves. If you’re looking to replace a shutoff valve to your sink or toilet, give DRAINPRO a call.

  1. Shut off the water to the old shut off valve. This may require that you shut off water to your entire household.
  2. Cut through the pipe on either side of the old shutoff valve. You’ll want to use a hacksaw for this process.
  3. Slip the cut pipe into each end of the new in-line water shutoff valve and tighten the connections. The feral in each nut will create a watertight seal on the pipe.
  4. Turn on the water to the pipe and test the water shutoff valve.

If at any time you feel uncomfortable or unsure when following these steps, call DRAINPRO. We can have Ottawa plumbers at your door quicker than any other plumber.


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