Replacing Ball Valves
Ball valves play important roles in the pipes of your water system. They help control the water that goes through it ensuring the right pressure and amount travels pass. Though ball valves are known as durable parts that perform well even after years of use, there will come a time that it ends its days and a replacement will be needed. At 1-2-1 Plumbers we specialise in replacing ball valves. Being experts at plumbing services we know exactly what to do when it comes to dealing with pipes and all the other parts that go with them. If you notice a difference in the flow of your water, or if you’re trying to turn your water off with the use of a ball valve however it doesn’t seem to work, the chances are you may need to have your ball valve checked and even replaced. Though ball valves are strong and durable products, they’re not the type of part that undergoes repairs. If your ball valve is faulty, or is ending its life span then the best solution is to have it replaced. Luckily ball valves aren’t as costly as other items connected to your plumbing system, and with our affordable and honest quotes, you’ll be spending as little as needed, yet still get the great quality services you deserve.
Getting to know the parts of a valve
Understanding the different parts of a ball valve helps one understand the important role it plays. It will also provide you with knowledge on how the ball valve processes on a daily basis. Below we’ve listed down the 5 parts of a ball valve, and we have included a description to help you understand how each part helps with the overall process of a ball valve.
- Body or Shell:
Known as the principal part of a valve, the body or shell is the framework of a valve. Regardless of your valves shape and type, it’s body or ‘shell’ will still play the same role of protecting the inner valve. Apart from protecting the valve externally, it also serves as a pressure boundary of the valve making it a night in shining armor from both the inside and the outside.
The bonnet pretty much does what it’s known for, it covers the opening of the valves body just as a bonnet would cover one’s head. Bonnets also serve as a second pressure boundary giving the valve the extra pressure support it needs. Made of the same material as the body, the valve bonnet is usually bolted and screwed with the body.
The trim is a collection of valve parts such as the seat, stem, disk, and sleeves. Because these are all internal parts, it’s important that the trim of the valve is in good condition so the valve can carry on with its function. The valve can only perform its basic motions to provide proper flow control with these parts. The disk is also known as the third layer of pressure boundary alongside the body and the bonnet.
Responsible for the running of the stem and dish, the actuator works in conjunction with some internal parts which are located in the valve trim. Nowadays there are a large selection of actuators available for purchase. Depending on one’s preference, you can choose from with a handwheel, levers, motors, pneumatic operators, solenoids, or hydraulic arims.
Present to prevent leaks from the space between the valve stem and its bonnet, the valve packing is made from fibrous materials like Teflon or flax.The valve packing should be able to form some sort of seal between the internal parts and the outer or external valve where the stems extend from the valve’s body. The position of the valve packing plays an important role as it’s crucial everything is lined up how they should be to prevent leakages. Leakages due to poor placement of the valve packing can cause damages to the entire valve system.
Just like with all of our services we offer, 1-2-1 Plumbers enjoys sharing knowledge and providing our clients with useful information that may come in handy in the future. With 25 years in the plumbing industry we’ve been able to learn even more than we already knew due to the hard work and hours we put in with every project. Despite the replacement of a ball valve being considered a rather minor job, we still put our heart and soul into replacing it. At 1-2-1 Plumbers providing our customers with class A services, advice and knowledge, customer service, and friendly quotes are just a few of our specialties we do best. Whether you’re looking for a simple job or a major one, you’ll receive the same work ethics, attitude, and professional results we bring along on every job.
If you suspect any problems, are uncertain, or are sure that your ball valves are in need of a replacement, give us a call straight away for fast action and the answer to your ball valve problems. We will happily come over and inspect your property before determining what the next best steps are to make. Call us now and we guarantee you top of the class services, professional advice and affordable prices.
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