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Quarter-Turn vs Compression Stop Valves

Quarter-Turn vs Compression Stop Valves
April 29, 2019

Quarter-Turn vs Compression Stop Valves

Having the ability to control your home’s water supply is very important. Thankfully, shut off valves make it fast and easy to turn your water off and on during a plumbing emergency, repair or installation. Having a worn-out valve could cause big problems if a pipe has burst or a toilet is overflowing. That’s why it’s important to regularly repair and replace valves if they are causing trouble. At Mr. Rooter of Atlanta, we enjoy helping local home and business owners improve the condition of their property’s plumbing system. We want you to have a quality experience with your pipes and fixtures as well. Do you need a valve installation or replacement, but are on the fence about whether a quarter turn or compression valve is best for your needs? Here are some tips on how to choose the best option for your circumstances. 

Classic Compression Valves

Multi-turn valves, or compression valves are the classic devices for shutting of the main water supply. Internally, they have a screw, which has a rubber washer attached on the end. The washer is designed to fit snugly into an inner cavity, where it can hold back the flow of water when the handle is turned. 

Quarter-Turn Ball Valves

Quarter turn valves may be new to arrive on the plumbing scene, but they are gaining in popularity. This innovative design employs a ball with a hollow core. When the valve is closed, the side of the ball keeps the water at bay. When it is turned, the hole in the ball allows the water to freely flow through it. 

Which One is Right for You?

Both designers are tried and true options. Quarter-turn ball valves and compression valves will perform well if they are properly maintained and cared for. Of course, if the valve is worn out, if the rubber has deteriorated or if the ball’s metal has begun to rust, then it may not work correctly in an emergency. Many people who are used to making repairs on compression valves will choose them for any new installations or replacement simply because they know they work and are familiar with using them. On the other hand, many people prefer the ball valve, especially those who are suffering from arthritis or a similar condition and want to make it easier to turn the valve handle. The choice you make will really depend on your personal preference, budget and needs. 

Need a Valve Installation, Replacement or Repair? Call Mr. Rooter of Atlanta

Do you need a valve installation, repair or replacement service for your Atlanta, Georgia area property? Then call Mr. Rooter of Atlanta today. Our certified and insured plumbers are ready to put their tools and talent to work for you. We are proud to offer a wide range of quality commercial and residential services including valve replacements, pipe fixture repairs and new plumbing installations. Do you own a home or business in Atlanta, Suwanee, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stone Mountain, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Buckhead, Georgia or another nearby metro area community? Then contact our office for more information or to schedule a convenient appointment.