The number 1 tip in plumbing is if you are not 100% confident in the problem AND the solution, hire a licensed professional to do the job for you. Do not risk flooding your house, or causing a long term problem that may not immediately present itself.
Globe valves originally derived their name due to the shape of the valve body. They had two semi-spherical parts attached together to give it the appearance of a globe. Today they do not look like that. You can find globe valves on the exterior of your house where garden hoses can be attached. Those spigots, also […]
Check valves are one of the few valves not designed to stop or reduce flow. These valves simulate valves found in the human heart and cardiovascular system. Check valves allow flow in one direction only. They are the most basic components of back flow preventers which may be composed of numerous check valves to ensure water […]
Gate valves operate just as the name indicates. A barrier blocks all flow when activated and as the “gate” is lifted, flow is restored. I tend to think about barbarians storming a medieval castle when referring to gate valves. As the barbarians are riding through the outskirts unimpeded, they reach the castle where the knights […]
Butterfly valves operate similarly to ball valves. They both open and close with a quarter-turn and are also considered shut-off valves, though butterfly valves are much better at regulating flow. This is the reason they are commonly used in engines for “throttling”. As you can see, a closed butterfly valve has a thin profile stopping […]
I once had a 12 year old ask me why kitchen sinks have P traps. This young man, had worked with his father under the sink to help fix a slow leak but never got an explanation from his dad. I asked him why he thought sinks needed P traps and he responded, “I’m not […]