For over 50 years, RED-WHITE VALVE CORP. has been a trusted name in valve manufacturing. Our products set the standard for reliability and quality craftsmanship, and meet the needs of commercial and industrial markets. We manufacture numerous types of water shutoff valves for the plumbing industry, including boiler drains, sillcocks, hose bibbs, and supply stop valves.

What Is a Plumbing Valve?

A plumbing valve is a type of pipe fitting that controls, regulates, and directs fluids that pass through a pipe. Also referred to as water valves, these devices are an essential component of any plumbing system. Water valves perform tasks such as:

  • Directing water
  • Preventing backflow
  • Adjusting water pressure
  • Shutting off water access

In commercial and industrial settings, plumbing valves control and direct fluids within chemical plants, manufacturing centers, wastewater treatment centers, and many other demanding locations. They are also used in household settings to turn off water lines when a plumbing leak occurs and to isolate a plumbing section so that repairs can be made.

Why Are Plumbing Valves Important?

Plumbing valves, or water valves, play a crucial role in water regulation. When pipe failures occur, control valves stop water from flowing so that repairs can be made. They are also used when older plumbing systems are being replaced and can reduce damage levels during construction. In multifamily housing, plumbing valves minimize the number of tenants affected during system repairs, failures, and replacements.

What Are the Different Types of Plumbing Valves?

There are numerous water valve types used throughout commercial and household plumbing applications. RED-WHITE VALVE CORP. manufactures a comprehensive selection, crafted from high-quality brass.

Supply Stop Valves

Also known as supply inlet or outlet valves, these are a specialized type of valve, designed to be used with plumbing fixtures. Supply stop valves are used to connect consumer appliances such as dishwashers or washing machines to home piping systems. They are also used to install toilets and sinks.

Supply stop valves are available in several variations, including straight, angled, quarter-turn, and compression. The most suitable type for a given application depends on the plumbing configuration. These valves stop the flow of water to specific plumbing fixtures or appliances and are easy to locate and identify. Reliable supply stop valves make performing home maintenance and repair much easier.

Hose Bibbs

Hose bibb valves are outdoor taps that allow water to run from the inside to the outside of a structure. Also referred to as hose valves, spigots, or exterior faucets, these valves are located on the exterior of a building. Homeowners commonly use this valve to attach a garden hose.

Hose bibb valves feature a threaded pipe compatible with garden hoses and a handle to turn the water valve on and off. Many homes also feature an additional shut-off valve inside the home to stop water from entering the hose bibb. This is particularly useful in cold-weather environments where there is a risk of pipes freezing.

Boiler Drains

Used in hydronic heating systems, boiler drains remove water, sediment, and other types of residue from boiler systems, maximizing system efficiency. Boiler drain shut-off valves feature a hose end connection for external water access and are made to comply with boiler manufacturer requirements.


Sillcocks are a type of faucet designed for horizontal installation on a building’s exterior wall. They facilitate potable water access to the outside of a structure and are typically used to attach garden hoses. Sillcocks feature a durable handle that turns the flow of water on or off and a spout that is pointed downwards at a 45-degree angle. The spout can accommodate a threaded garden hose, sprinkler system, or simply be used to fill watering cans for gardening purposes.

Reliable Plumbing Valves From RED-WHITE VALVE CORP.

Water valves play a vital role in plumbing systems and need to be well manufactured to ensure a long and reliable service life. At RED-WHITE VALVE CORP., we create industry-leading valve solutions that meet our customers’ high standards. All of our products are manufactured in-house, using advanced manufacturing processes that allow us to offer competitive prices and unmatched quality. If you have any questions about our water valve product offerings, contact us or request a quote today.