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8 Fundamental Varieties of Plumbing Valves


Our home’s plumbing system is divided into many categories and each of them does their own task. The sewer lines transport and convey sewage’s and wastewater away from your home while your water piping system supplies the household with domestic water. But your plumbing system does not only provide the household with the demanded water but controls the flow of water as well. And in order for them to control the flow of water, they would need the aid of the plumbing valves. These valves are very important especially when an emergency occurs. This will help the quick stoppage of water when pipe leaks and pipe bursts occur. But plumbing valves do not just come in a single model. There are a lot of plumbing valves in the market for us to choose from. Take a look at the plumbing valves you can utilize for your plumbing system.


  1. Solenoid valve

Solenoid valve are commonly utilized for irrigation systems. This is to ensure that the watering time and the amount of water can be monitored and directed through a computer control. These valves can be electrically monitored through an automation system and managed for an explicit on and off control.

  1. Ball valve

A ball valve is suitable for shut-off valves because this can provide a complete seal during close position. This sphere ball with a hole in it and that hole would allow water passage during open position. When the handle is moved, the sphere rotates and aligns the hole with the pipe when it is an open position. The water will be allowed to flow through the hole, and when the hole is perpendicular to the pipe indicating a close position, the water will be completely stopped and hindered from flowing.

  1. Zone valve

This valve can achieve automatic controls especially when they are connected with a thermostat. This are usually installed and provided in rooms, floors and units to control the heating and the cooling system of the aforementioned areas.

  1. Pressure balance valve

Pressure balance valves are very useful on domestic bathrooms. This has the capability of controlling the temperature that comes out of your shower heads, taps and bathtubs. This valve adjusts the amount of hot water especially when there is a drop on the amount of cold water so that the water that would come out of your shower heads is not very hot and not very cold.

  1. Globe valve

A glove valve is operated by either a wheel or shaft handle that raises and lowers the valve. This is best for regular water flow adjustments because this valve seals the baffle to completely stop flow, but full water flow will never be allowed because the baffle would restrict water flow.

  1. Check valve

A check valve is very useful to avoid the water from flowing into the wrong pipe. The best example for this type of valve is the back flow preventer valve which prevents back flow even when open. This is best to avoid contamination and water pollution.

  1. Butterfly valve

This valve is composed of a disc that is of the same size with the diameter of the pipe it is installed to ensure a complete stop of water flow. The disadvantage of this valve is that it always reduces the pressure of the water because the disc is always present even when fully opened. Another disadvantage is the maintenance issue of its gasket.

  1. Gate valve

A gate valve is a gate that rises to indicate open position and lowers to stop water flow. This is controlled by either a wheel knob or shaft handle on top of it that do not indicate open and close position. But this valve has its own limitation, it can’t be used to control the flow of water and can only be used to open and close the pipe. This pipe can easily wear out because it can corrode and weaken.