After firing up the equipment for the first time this season, I noticed that I could no longer restrict the flow of water to my water slide. There is a ball valve on the pipe that leads to the slide which I assume has now failed. Turning the valve has little effect on the flow to the slide.
I didn't want to attempt any repair until I posted here for advice. I presume I will have to replace the valve. It looks like it is a 1/2" single union ball valve, glued on 1 side. I haven't done this type of repair but it seems simple enough.
- Turn off pump and de-pressurize system
- Unscrew threaded end of ball valve to disconnect that end
- Cut pipe below glued end to fully remove ball valve
- Replace with new ball valve
I plan on using a double union ball valve so as to avoid having to cut pipe next time I need to repair a failed valve.
So my questions are, am I missing anything obvious? PVC repair seems simple enough, but I'm always on the lookout for hidden dragons. Also, is there anything better I can use for this application than a simple PVC ball valve?
First picture shows equipment pad...water slide pipe boxed in red.
water slide pipe.jpg
Second picture shows ball valve that needs to be replaced.