Ball valve is a type of fluid controlling component used in pipes where a ball with a hollow centre sits in a pipe and fluid currents are allowed passage only when the hollow part of the ball is in alliance with the flow of the water, currents passage will be shot off when the ball is being turned and one of its sides is made to form a barrier to prevent current passage. Ball valve piping system is one of the most widely used of all piping systems. This could be credited to the product’s durable feature.
In this article, we will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the ball valve piping system.
If I would recall vividly in my home, we used to make use of the metal needle valve taps. They are not relatively as durable as the plastic ball valve taps because we soon always have to replace them. The ball valve tap is longer lasting compared to metal valve. Very good for use if you own a fish pond, just forget about replacing it, it will last for years. The only reason you might have to replace it is if you have a burst pipe and you might have to cut it away. Considering the metal needle valve, they could easily get worn out. The needle control tend to loosen up and lose it tightness, this makes fluid currents flow freely with no barrier to stop them. So in terms of durability my choice will be the ball valve tap.
The ball valve tap is also very easy to install. You don’t need any technician. All you need to do is get a high-intensity gum, the right pipe and ball valve size. Then use the gum to couple them together, then you are done. When compared to the likes of metal valves, you might need a technician’s assistance to make sure that the piping is made watertight
Owing to the fact that most ball valves are made from plastic you don’t have to worry about lubricating its moveable parts. Compared to metals that could go stiff after a long time of usage and there would be need for oil to loosen it, the ball valve is completely stress-free. It is also rust-resistant. A metal needle valve tap loses out on this point in that, there is a tendency for it to get rusty after an extended time of usage. If used in the home for running water, there could be an initial discharge of brownish water. This shows the valve is getting rusty and needs change. With ball valve, this is a “no-worry” issue.
Coming to term with its disadvantages, I would say some ball valve could be very strong to manoeuvre, this could result in having a broken plastic switch. This renders the ball valve useless. Also, the ball valve is also inapplicable when it is used to regulate the wrong fluid such as slurry. This could leave the valve stuck in one position due to suspended particles being trapped inside the ball. Though the ball valve, is durable, being a plastic product, it could easily get broken due to handling.