It’s a common occurrence when shut off valves wear down and stop working efficiently. When you discover leaks with your washer, sink, or toilets, that might indicate that it’s time to replace you are shut off valve.
The following signs may signal when it is time to replace your shut off valve:
- Difficulty turning handle
- Nothing happens when you turn the handle
How Do I Replace a Shut Off Valve?
Before you get started, be sure to purchase the right shut off valve for your particular system. Then turn off your water valve to release pressure to the shut-off valve. Test a few faucets to ensure the water is in fact turned off, while draining out the remaining water. With a pair of adjustable pliers, disconnect the supply hose from the old valve.
Try buffing the surface of the pipe with an emery cloth, before cutting through the pipe with a hacksaw. When you saw, be sure to cut next to the old valve on both sides. To get rid of burrs use the emery cloth or sandpaper to buff it off.
Then place the new valve’s brass compression rings on the pipe and screw the nut with a wrench. Once you screwed on the valve, test it by turning on the water to see if there are any leaks. If there are leaks, screw the nut on tighter.
If you have any further plumbing questions, feel free to reach out to a certified Austin plumber from Excalibur Plumbing today!