Posted on Feb 24, 2020

Perez Plumbing, Inc.

The last on our list of three basic valve styles is the Ball Valve. All three can be used for water, oil or airflow control if the casting has "WOG" stamped on it.

Ball valve: Ball valves use a stainless-steel ball to control water flow.

Ball valves contain a finely machined stainless steel ball with a hole drilled through the center that pivots in plastic bushings. Like the gate valve, it's a full-flow valve. The hard steel allows this valve to be partially open without wearing out. In the closed position, the lever is perpendicular to the pipes; in the open position it’s parallel, so a glance will tell you if it's open or not. The downside? If the pipes are tight against the wall, you may not be able to operate the lever.

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