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Shut Off Valves | Fast Philadelphia Plumber

Shut Off Valves


We Install Emergency Shut Off Valves SAME DAY!

Leaky valve? Leaky toilet valve? Leaky relief valve? Water heater valve?

 

What Are Shut Off Valves?

Shut-off valves are usually located close to the fixtures they serve — under a sink or toilet tank, for example — but in some cases they are in hard-to-reach or even hidden positions. In the worst cases, a fixture might not have an individual shut-off valve, so the location of the system’s main shut-off valve should also be determined and the valve labeled with a red tag or other device to make it easy to identify.

 

Shut off valves are key to reducing water damage if a leak were to occur. You should always know where your shut off valves are, in case of a water leak emergency.

 

Why Shut Off Valves Are Important. . .

Ideally, shut-off valves are located close to the fixtures they serve — under a sink or toilet tank, for example — but in some cases they are in hard-to-reach or even hidden positions. In the worst cases, a fixture might not have an individual shut-off valve, so the location of the system’s main shut-off valve should also be determined and the valve labeled with a red tag or other device to make it easy to identify.

Shut-off valves should also be checked occasionally to make sure they are in good condition and have not developed problems,such as leaks. Loose valve handles should be tightened and broken or missing handles replaced.

Also give valve handles a test turn to make sure they are not stuck. Some old valves are so stiff from disuse that you may have a hard time using them.

When valves are very stiff and hard to turn, try backing off the stem nut a bit to free the stem, then retighten the nut when turning action is restored. Shut-off valves can leak at several points, but the most common is water seeping out around the stem nut. A leak of this type can sometimes be stopped by tightening the stem nut a bit. An open-end or adjustable wrench can be used to turn the six-sided stem nut, but care should be used not to force the nut too tight.

Newer homes will have emergency shut-off valves for every fixture and appliance. However, in some cases older homes do not have these shut-offs and owners should plan to have them installed

Leaky water valves need to be repaired or replaced right away incase of an emergency. Water heater valves, toilet valves, plumbing water valves, sink valve, shower valve, tub valves . . . we can repair or replace them the same day you call.



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