How to Repair a PVC Ball Valve
A PVC ball valve is a type of valve that has a spherical disc which controls the flow of water or air through it. A ball valve is a crucial component for the plumbing system as it provides shut off during times of leak. However, this does not mean that the PVC ball pipe is already immune to wear and tear. In fact, there are times when the ball valve loosens thus before the leak gets any worse. When it comes to the repair of the PVC ball valve, you only need to know the basics of plumbing and for this particular task and the skill that you will acquire from this project will help you rectify other problems that you will encounter in your plumbing system. For this DIY project, you will need the following things to get the job done fast.
- Allen wrench
- Replacement parts
- Lubricating oil or petroleum jelly
- Dry cloth or sponge
Step1 - Turn Off The Supply Of Water
To carry this task out properly, you need to turn off the supply of water so that the flow of water will not interrupt your job as you repair your ball valve. Once the valve has been shut off, drain the excess water into the jug or container and wipe the valve dry using a dry cloth or sponge. Remove the handle that holds the PVC ball valve together. You will find that the ball valve is held together firmly by a set of screw thus use an Allen wrench or a screwdriver in order to remove the ball valve.
Step 2 - Disassemble The Ball Valve
To assess your problematic ball valve, disassemble the whole valve and examine each part and check for any used up or destroyed parts. You can buy the replacement kit that you need to repair your PVC ball valve from the hardware store. It will help you too if you bring the worn out part to the hardware with you while you are looking for the replacement part. Make sure that you keep all of the screws and other parts of the ball valve in a secure place so that you can easily put it back in order later.
Step 3 - Replace The Worn Out Parts Of The Ball Valve
Once you have located the worn out part of the ball valve, make sure that you have the exact replacement of it and replace the damage part. Before you assemble everything back, apply petroleum jelly or lubricating oil to the valve to facilitate the replacement of the parts without any problems at all. Assembling the parts and putting everything back in order is very easy. All there is to it is to do in reverse what you did while you are disassembling the valve. Secure the parts using the screw before you test the ball valve for any leaks by turning on the main line of your plumbing system. Then check to see if the PVC ball valve still has leaks.