Every home has them, but most people don’t pay attention to them except in an emergency. The simple water shutoff valve is a vital component of any plumbing system. This guide will explain the pros and cons common water shutoff valve types. Washer Valve A washer valve has a rubber gasket inside that gets pressed down when the handle is turned, blocking water. Pros: Washer valves are inexpensive and easy to replace. Cons: The rubber wears out quicker than materials used in other valves. Ball Valve A ball valve has a quarter-turn handle attached to a steel ball inside the… Read More »