There are different valves used in plumbing applications so you might want to understand when and where to use it. Valves are used to control and regulate the flow of water.
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There are different valves used in plumbing applications so you might want to understand when and where to use it. Valves are used to control and regulate the flow of water so here you will have the pros and cons of each valve type.
Ball valves are another reliable valve used widely in plumbing applications. Ball valves have a ball with a hole, that once open allows water flowing into the pipe. When the ball valve is closed, the hole is perpendicular to the pipe, preventing water from entering the pipe.
Ball valves are operated through a lever handle, that when parallel to pipe indicates that the valve is open, so the handle will serve as a visual aid so you know that the water is flowing in the direction of the handle. When the ball valve is closed it forms an excellent seal, although no water control can be obtained when using ball valves.
Water pressure reducing valves are installed to reduce the water pressure to the desired or accepted limits. They normally have a spring and diaphragm that is adjusted to certain limits depending on the pressure of the water being served. They can be installed in copper, PVC and other different pipe types. They could normally last more than 10 years when maintained properly.
Air release valves are installed at each high point of a pressure pipeline. Air release valves are installed to eliminate or mitigate the water hammer issues, as they protect the pipelines against internal pressure. Air pockets will be released when the internal pressure exceeds specify limits, protecting the pipeline from pressure damages. The can be installed in copper and ductile iron pipes through a small penetration and fitting installed on the pipe.
Gate valves usually have a know at the top of a gate that raises or lowers the gate. Gate valves should never be used to reduce the pressure flowing into the pipe. They are very reliable and easy to install.
Check valves are used normally in water tanks and other water storage applications. This type of valve has one inlet, where water comes in, and the outlet or the side where the water goes out. allowing the water to travel in only one direction. Check valves normally will prevent water flowing in the opposite direction as water would normally move. Back-flow preventers are also considered as check valves.
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