Like your vehicle, your motorbike and nearly every device you own, pressure control valves require regular maintenance and checks to continue working efficiently. However, due to cash flow and time constraints, we don’t always give our valves the proper care they need to work at their best. Sadly, forgetting about pressure reducing valves can mean serious issues go unseen and often lead to expensive replacements for those valves. By regularly maintaining your valves, you can catch issues before they become costly. To make scheduling this easier, we’ve prepared a list that should work:
Check the Pilot System
Firstly, make sure there are no leaks or cracks. Because the pressure valve’s pilot system requires pressurized water in order to work efficiently, any leaks, breaks or wear and tear can reduce the effectiveness of the pressure valve.
Secondly, inspect for air by checking the wet type position indicator. Bear in mind air tends to collect at high points, such as the pilot system and tubing. If air were to become trapped in the pilot system, it can lead to volatility and false data in the valve. In order to release the trapped air, you will need to undo the bleed valve or release the plug.
Check for Buildup & Plugging
In older pipes and tubes, minerals and impurities in the water can begin to buildup on your strainer screens. Neglecting to clean this buildup can lead to control valve failure. Actually, blocked strainers are the most typical cause of valve failure. Luckily, quality valves are bought with plugs that allow you to blow down the screen without removing the system.
Inspect Ball Valve
Give each of your ball valves a rotation to make sure they move easily, and make sure the valve is open. If the valve is meant to remain closed, normally there will be an indicator tag. After successfully testing the movement of the ball valves, restore them to their original position.
Furthermore, to performing routine checks on your pressure reducing valve system, be sure to record your tests for data to serve as a benchmark for any future checks and replacements. This can help you identify trends within your system and fix small problems before they become serious issues.
For more information about looking after your pressure valve systems, get in touch with one of our professionals at Fluid Control Services.