Ball Valves


Ball valves are a common variety of pool valve found on pool plumbing. Relatively inexpensive to purchase, and simple to use. Good replacement valve for old brass gate valves.

ball valves for pool plumbingThe disadvantage to these valves is that they are not serviceable, that is, they cannot be opened up to make repairs or clear clogs from the valve. The handles on ball valves tend to break rather easily, and they can also be somewhat difficult to turn, especially if installed in an awkward position.

Their advantage is their cost ($10 - $15), and ball valves tend to be easier to understand for novice pool operators than the three way type valve. Broken valve handles are common, so grab this valve near the center of the handle. If pliers are needed, use a large channel lock type, again grabbing near the center of the handle while turning.

Here is a rather complicated look at a pool/spa system using both ball valves and 3 ways valves, with valve actuators.

ball valves used on pool

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