Supply ball valves are one of the most durable styles of valve available, and their design means they retain their ability to shut off water applications for years with little maintenance. There are many reasons to choose a SB valves over traditional balancing valves.
What is a Supply Ball Valve?
A supply ball valve, or SB valve, is a valve designed with a ball-shaped device to control flow. The valve consists of a simple opening with a round metal ball inside. The metal ball contains a hole called a port running directly through it, like a bead on a necklace, and when the valve is open, water runs in one side of the valve, through the port and out the other side. To close the valve, the user turns a handle to rotate the ball so that the port runs perpendicular to the pipe. This cuts off the flow of water.
Advantages of SB Valves
SB valves are very versatile and can support very high water pressures, making them a top choice in industrial applications. They’re available in several variations suitable for a range of projects. A ball valve’s durability means that it won’t need to be replaced as frequently as other types of valves in high-pressure applications, and they continue to work without maintenance even after being set in the same open or closed position for years. This can save money on a construction project over time.
Supply ball valves also feature handles directly over the valve which clearly display the valve’s position, if the handle runs parallel to the pipe, it’s open; if it runs perpendicular, the valve is closed. Valves can be closed or opened quickly and without tools. Though SB valves can’t restrict water flow the way a throttling valve can (restricting the flow incrementally by closing the valve to certain degrees), the supply ball system offers an excellent solution for contractors looking for a durable and economical valve choice.