What Is an Angle Stop Valve?
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When dealing with plumbing, there’s plenty of valves required for attaching new water lines that are easy to confuse. Homeowners can handle many basic plumbing tasks in the bathrooms and kitchens themselves. However, they need to know how to identify a part based on its appearance and use to order the right replacements and troubleshoot problems. Find out what an angle stop valve does, what it looks like, and how to replace it.
The Value of the Stop Valve
Stop valves, also known as shut off valves, are designed to cut off a single fixture or appliance. If a toilet springs a leak or a faucet starts spraying uncontrollably, having a stop valve installed on that fixture saves the homeowner from the effort of switching off the main supply valve. The family can keep using every other fixture that’s working while the problem is repaired. Every major water-using fixture and appliance, from the washing machine to a bathroom faucet, should have an accessible stop valve.
When to Use an Angle Stop Valve vs. a Straight Model
Check out where the stub-out for the water supply line currently sits in the bathroom. Supply lines installed into the wall require an angle stop valve since the valve has to connect to the pipes running through the wall — providing the angle needed to direct the water toward the fixture. Straight stop valves are for fixtures with supply pipes that run directly through the floor. Angle stop valves are available in a wide range of arrangements, including double handle and three-way angle stops to control multiple fixtures.
Signs It’s Time to Replace an Angle Stop Valve
Don’t wait until an angle stop valve is seized in one position or leaking to replace it. Since this valve is only used in emergencies, keeping it working properly is essential but often forgotten. These valves are only designed to last about a decade. The internal parts designed to hold the water supply back wear out over time, even when not used. Low quality angle stop valves are often ruined by a single-use valve and need replacement regularly. Install a new premium quarter-turn angle stop valve to ensure there’s no rupture or failure to cut off the water when you need it the most.
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