Water valve won’t turn – simple fix

One way to fix a stuck water valve on the cheap!
Video included.

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At the bottom is our video on how to do this.

Read the safety and step-by-step instructions first!

Hot water valves and cold water valves sometimes get stuck! They seize and refuse to turn with hand pressure. That’s where the tools come in…
Here’s a basic set that I consider super handy to always keep around.

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What I used in this video was actually a bit much. We could have used a plumbing pipe wrench for the valve itself, however the pipe wrench was right on hand!
Because some pipes are in older pvc/cpvc and you don’t know how well the original job was completed, it is a good idea to have either a second person hold the pipe still while your wrench –
or just use an adjustable/lockable set of pliers to hold it still.
Some pipes have a lot of play. We don’t need any incidents!

-for safety purposes you may want to turn the supply line off.
-clean hands afterwards. Those valves have moisture and whatever else embedded all over.
-don’t touch your eyes.
-gloves can give you a big-time advantage on those initial turns.

1. attempt to turn by hand
2. if it had any play, begin to turn left and back to right
3. don’t over torque these parts, work them over time
4. apply tool and adjust to fit around valve handle grip piece
5. have helper or use pliers to keep a grip on metal of valve below -NOT THE PVC LINE (these can crack easily)
6. see if you can make the valve turn left or counter clockwise

*if valve cracks, pipe cracks, and you begin experiencing water leakage, stop immediately. This is why you may want to turn off water flow to said pipe.
These waters are from your water heater. Don’t screw round with scalding hot water!

7. if not apply more pressure, turning left or counterclockwise
8. once you begin to receive any ‘give’ , start turning left to right for 30 seconds. Don’t rush this until you know what you are doing.
9. eventually the turns will break loose the seized valve and allow a full turn.
10. back to the hand tightening/loosening process. Give it a spin!
11. turn valve one full cycle. You may hear water fill the house leading to device. (clothes washer in this case)
12. if using a clothes washer, test a hot/hot cycle and see what is produced