Valterra Products, LLC, has been a leading supplier of brand name product lines to the RV, pool & spa, and plumbing industries. Here you will find ball valves with a traditional handle or a single handle in both slip x slip along with FPT x FPT fitting types. Using Valterra ball valves provides a reliable easy to use product. Valterra offers ball valves in sizes from 1/2″ to 6″ with a single handle or compact.
PVC ball valves are a simple, yet effective way to control flow in a countless variety of applications, including pools and irrigation. They resist corrosion to an extreme degree and can handle a reasonable range of temperatures and pressures. PVC, however, is not rated for hot water use and can become brittle with age, so sometimes leaks occur. PVC ball valves most often fail around the handle. Luckily, replacing a PVC ball valve handle is easy!
These types of ball valves have stems with O-rings that can fail when pressure or temperature limits are exceeded. On some of the older, more common styles (shown on the right), the handle itself can crack quite easily. Whether or not this causes leaks, it is awfully inconvenient and can make valve operation difficult if not impossible. Keep reading this article for tips on how to replace a ball valve handle.
Replacing a Push-On Handle
The two major types of handles found in PVC ball valves, regardless of body or end type, the those with a screw and those without. In this section we will focus on those without a screw. These handles snap on the top of the valve’s stem. Despite not being screwed on, they remain in place very well.
Before removing the handle, make sure your system is shut off. To remove it, you just need to firmly tug at the handle until it pops off of the valve. You can often find replacement handles for sale on their own if you know the model number of your PVC ball valve. If you cannot find just the handle, you may want to just buy a whole valve. This will give you a back-up valve body if you ever need it.
Replacing a Screw-On Handle
Some of the more heavy-duty PVC ball valves have a handle that screws into the stem. This makes the connection stronger, but also makes removing the handle more difficult. Fixing a cracked ball valve handle is not difficult, even when it is screwed onto the valve’s stem. You will need a small flat head screwdriver and a Phillips screwdriver.
Before removing anything, be sure to turn off the system so the valve is under no pressure during the repair. Using the flat head screwdriver, pop off the small cap in the center of the handle, under which will be a Phillips-head screw. Use your other screwdriver to remove the screw. This should loosen the handle and allow you to remove it easily.
Just as with push-on handles, screw-on handles for PVC ball valves are not very difficult to find on their own (for very low prices) if you know the valve’s model number. This is a simple solution that will save you time and money compared to a full valve replacement!
Replacing a PVC Ball Valve
Sometimes, replacing a handle is not enough, and regular PVC ball valves only allow for certain parts to be replaced. If you are using a true union ball valve, you may be able to replace the stem, ball, handle, or ends individually, but that is not always the case. When the valve is beyond repair, the only option is to replace it.
If it is a threaded valve, you can unscrew the ends of the old valve and simply place a new on where it was. If it is a socket valve with cemented connections, you will need to cut the valve out. This could make it difficult to replace the valve. Sometimes re-plumbing a whole section of the system is easier, but it is different for every application.