Plumbing Valves & Emergency Repair Services in Howard County, MD
Valves are a vital part of your plumbing system. It’s important to know where your main water shut-off valve is in case of a burst or leaking pipe. Knowing what each valve does, and where it is located in your home, is key to remaining worry-free when a plumbing or gas-related problem occurs.
Besides knowing where your valves are located, you should also be able to identify whether they are functioning properly. If you notice an issue with any of your valves, or you know you need valve repair in Howard County or the surrounding areas, contact the team at Heil Plumbing right away! We offer emergency repair services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your plumbing issues.
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Types of Plumbing Valves in Howard County, Maryland
At Heil Plumbing, we have experience with all different types of valves, and can inspect and repair the valves in your home or commercial building. Keep reading to learn more about different types of valves and how they work. If you have additional questions, feel free to call us at (410) 799-7727!
Individual Fixture Valves
Individual fixture valves isolate each fixture so that water does not reach the fixture when the valve is closed. You should have one valve on the toilet, two on each sink, and one on the ice-maker line, allowing each individual appliance to be repaired or replaced without having to shut off water to the entire house.
The main valve shuts off the water to your entire home. It is extremely important to know where this valve is. If you have a pipe that bursts, a bad leak that you can‘t stop, or a fixture valve that is too hard to turn off, you will need to be able to locate and shut the main water valve off quickly. Heil Plumbing would be happy to tag your main valve at your next service call so that you know where it is.
There are many types of ball valves, most of which are used to shut off water flow. A ball valve features a ball in a socket. A cylindrical tube is hollowed out of the center of the ball so that when the tube inside is parallel with its input and output pipes, water flows freely. When the ball is rotated 90°, water flow comes to a stop. Ball valves are typically controlled by a handle on the outside of the valve, which is parallel with the hollow tube in the ball.
Butterfly valves are quarter turn valves, just like ball valves. This mean that they open and close in the same positions as ball valves, so when the handle and pipe are in line, fluid flows freely. The difference between ball and butterfly valves is internal. A butterfly valve has a disc inside of the pipe which can either stop flow when it is rotated perpendicular to the pipe, or allow flow across both sides of the disc when the valve is open.
A check valve stops or keeps the flow of water going in one direction from a flapper inside of the valve. This flapper keeps the water from going backwards, preventing cross contamination in your plumbing pipes and drinking water. They are also used in sump pump lines to keep the water that is pumped up out of the pit from draining back into it.
Pressure Relief Valves
Pressure relief valves—such as the ones on water heaters—are emergency safety devices. If pressure becomes to great or too low, this pressure relief valve will open and release pressure from this appliance by discharging water or air in or out.
Pressure Reducing Valves
A pressure reducing valves or PRV is a bell-shaped valve. This valve is located on the main water line where it enters your home. The pressure reducing valve is designed to reduce the pressure coming in from the county or city water main. The PRV reduces the force of water that causes strain on your pipes and keeps the water pressure from fluctuating. If you hear your pipes knocking around or making loud noises, your pressure reducing valve may need to be replaced.
Each gas appliance in your home should have a gas valve whether you have natural gas or propane. If your gas dryer, water heater, etc. starts to malfunction, you will need to be able to turn the gas off to the appliance. If you suspect there is a gas leak or if you smell gas in your Maryland home, you should vacate the premises and contact the local fire department immediately.
Most gas valves do three things.
- Gas valves modulate the flow of gas based on a knob or dial on the valve.
- Gas valves modulate the flow of gas based on a thermostat’s electrical signal. (The more gas burned the hotter the water in a water heater, etc.)
- Gas valves receive an electric signal from a pilot light. If the pilot light is on, it heats up a piece of metal called a thermocouple. The heated thermocouple sends a small amount of electricity to the gas valve. If the gas valve does not sense that the pilot light is on, it will stop the flow of gas so that the building does not fill with gas.
Emergency Valve Repair Services in MD
When a plumbing problem occurs, it usually occurs at the most inconvenient time. Whether you have a leaky valve or need complete valve replacement, we’ve got you covered—day or night! If you notice a problem with your valves, it’s important to have a professional assess the situation immediately to avoid any further damage to your plumbing or fixtures.
Schedule Valve Repair in Howard County, Maryland
At Heil Plumbing, we have experience working with many different types of valves. In the event of an emergency, we have the expertise and industry knowledge to handle the situation.
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The Heil Difference
We’re dedicated to offering the highest quality residential and commercial plumbing services for every customer. Our plumbers are available to respond to your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our residential and commercial plumbers in Columbia and Ellicott City cover every need, from simple fixture repairs to complex drain and sewer problems.