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  • Writer's pictureJustin Shook

How To Fix a Bad Water Valve

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

A bad water valve can be a major inconvenience, causing water to leak or even preventing you from accessing water in your home. Fortunately, it is often possible to fix a bad water valve yourself, without the need for a professional plumber. In this article, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to fix a bad water valve.


Before you start, it's important to gather the necessary tools and materials. You will need a pipe wrench, adjustable pliers, a replacement water valve, and some Teflon tape. You may also want to wear gloves and safety glasses to protect yourself from any sharp edges or flying debris.


Once you have all the necessary tools and materials, follow these steps to fix your bad water valve:

  1. Locate the water valve that needs to be repaired. This is typically found near the water meter or where the main water line enters your home.

  2. Turn off the water supply to the valve. This will prevent water from leaking out while you are working on the valve.

  3. Use the pipe wrench to loosen the nuts that hold the water valve in place. Be careful not to over-tighten the wrench, as this could cause the pipes to break.

  4. Once the nuts are loose, remove the old water valve and discard it.

  5. Take the replacement water valve and wrap a few layers of Teflon tape around the threads on the end that will be inserted into the pipe. This will help to create a watertight seal and prevent leaks.

  6. Insert the new water valve into the pipe, making sure that the threads are aligned properly.

  7. Use the adjustable pliers to tighten the nuts that hold the water valve in place. Again, be careful not to over-tighten the pliers, as this could cause the pipes to break.

  8. Once the new water valve is securely in place, turn the water supply back on and test the valve to make sure it is working properly. If you hear any hissing or dripping, you may need to tighten the nuts slightly or add more Teflon tape to the threads.

By following these steps, you should be able to fix a bad water valve yourself. If it seems daunting or you would like the problem taken care of by a professional, contact Premium Rooter Plumbing service.



(Disclaimer: Premium Rooter Plumbing Services takes no responsibility for any and all damages or injuries to persons or property resulting from following the steps in this article. For professional installations, contact Premium Rooter Plumbing Services.)

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