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Valves: The Control Freaks of Your Plumbing

The idea is simple:  Keep the water from coming out when you don’t want it to, and when you do want it to come out, be able to control the flow.  There.  That’s what your valves do for you.  While valves may not seem like something you want to think about in the course of your daily life, there are times when, for some homeowners, they take a front and center place in one’s thinking.  Let’s look at some examples:

  • You are building a new home or remodleing your bathroom and you come to the fun part of getting to pick out what style of faucets you want to decorate with. Those faucets? They’re just fancy looking valves.
  • When you hit the flush handle of your toilet and nothing happens that’s usually going to be a valve issue.  Either the fillvalve (old timers know it by the name “ballcock”) is not working right or that very simple valve known as a “flapper” is misbehaving.
  • That dripping hose spigot on the outside of your house is a valve (old timer name: sillcock). By the way, AttaBoy can fix or replace that. . . just sayin’.
  • You smell a gas leak in your home.  Someone will need to turn a valve off to stop the flow of gas.  In fact, it could be a gas valve that is causing the problem. Did you know that licensed plumbers like AttaBoy Plumbing are the ones who find and repair the vast majority of gas leaks in homes? It’s true.

There are lots of other valves in your home, of course, such as those under your sinks, on your water heater, at your water softener, sump pump, etc. Valves are great friends when they are not leaking and are easy to turn on and off, but no one likes to find out that a valve is too corroded to use when the time comes.

If you don’t know anything else about the valves in your home, make it your mission to know about this one:  The main water shut-off valve.  This is the one that turns the water on or off to your entire house.  Your main valve is the one you can go to in a plumbing emergency to stop the pressurized flow of water into your home.  If you don’t know where it is located or whether it is working properly, find someone who will locate it for you and try it out to make sure you can turn it easily.

Lastly, if you’d like to know that your valves are in good working order and would like to have someone familiarize you with your main water shut-off, you can always call AttaBoy to come out and do that for you.




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