If hard water, it can close up gate valves, to the point that there is little flow, so you have no choice, but to replace them with ball valves. Easiest ones to use for replacements, are the shark bites. Compression type valves, you need to not over tighten the nut, to cause the Copper piping to collapse.
If an old house that still has galvanized Potable water piping, those pipes rust from the inside out, and tend to also close up more easily than Copper, from hard water deposits.
Check with your local University, farm bureau, or even Culligan Water can give you a report of the hardness of your water. Your utility that you get water from, might also be able to tell you the hardness of your water, if you contact them, and ask for a report, if they do not send one out yearly, or have available on their website.