A union ball valve is a type of valve made of two components – first is the actuator, that regulates the flow of liquid or fluids through it. The second component is the valve itself. It contains the seats that control the flow of liquid.
A ball valve gets operated using a rotary ball that has a bore to control or cut off the flow of fluids. The fluid flowing through the pipe can be allowed to flow or be blocked by rotating the ball a quarter-turn, which is, 90 degrees. The ball valves are designed such that they can only be rotated 90-degree to open or close the valve. These valves are a widely used industrial equipment because of their reliable, air-tight sealing. Ball valves generally have a greater lifespan because of their sealing.
Even after long spans of disuse, the ball valve tends to retain its efficiency. This feature of a union ball valve makes it popular as a shut-off valve to control and stop the flow in the pipeline. Moreover, union ball valves are more resistant to contaminated fluids than most other types of valves.
Needless to say, PVC union ball valves are made of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). They are an excellent choice for water systems and pipelines. They offer a plethora of benefits that make them best-suited for the job. PVC union ball valves are durable in nature and can withstand high temperatures and pressures. They are also corrosion resistant unlike brass or any other metal valves. They have a long lifespan and are popularly considered as oil and gas valves because of their efficiency in industrial use. However, they can also be used in residential pipelines. When choosing a PVC ball valve, it is essential to consider all specifications of the valve such as the size of the valve, pressure, temperature, and material compatibility.
Signs you might have to check on your ball valve:
1)Reduced water pressure
If the water pressure from your shower, faucet, or toilet, has noticeably decreased, it may be time to check and replace your old union ball valve. These union ball valves are designed to be installed at the constricted areas of your home’s pipeline or plumbing system.
2) Leaking or dripping pipes
When you notice small leakages or drips from your pipes with no discernible cause at site, then there could be a good chance that there is an issue with your union ball valve.
3) Rotten Egg Smell
A strong sulfur-y smell is usually indicative that there is something wrong in the plumbing system. Corrosion caused by chloramine gas or other types of minerals or chemicals found in the water supply could be culpable.
4) Buildup found around seal
Over time, you may find buildup that has accumulated around the seal, significantly reducing its efficiency, hence preventing sufficient flow through the valve.
5) Consistent low water pressure.
If you face constant low pressure of water flowing from any outlet, especially the ones near to the Union ball valve installations, it may indicate that the seal of the valve has worn out. Should be replaced.
PVC union ball valves are generally constructed with three seats: two on each side of a T-joint and one located at the end of the pipe opposite to your plumbing fixtures (i.e., faucet, sink or shower).
Union ball valves combine the benefits of both union and ball valves into one. They do not require maintenance, which can be a major concern for businesses that use valves on a daily basis. These features make Union Ball Valves an ideal purchase for any business in need of new valves. Different industrial setups and facilities have different production facilities, raw materials, processes that demand different materials and temperature setups. Therefore it is important to install the appropriate ball valve material and consider other specs while buying.
As a leading manufacturer in the fields of PVC, uPVC and cPVC Pipes and pipe fittings Austropipes’ Union Ball Valves are made of premium grade, durable PVC material, that lasts longer than any other materials in the market. With more than 3000 dealers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states, Austropipes cater to an extensive demand of electrical, plumbing and sanitary ware products in India.