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Control Room – January 2018

Cliff Water Online InterviewQ:  How do I keep valves in my system from failing when we operate them?

A:   The two most frequent causes of valve failure are:

1) you don’t know in which direction it closes.

2) you don’t know the correct number of turns to fully operate the valve.

The 3rd most frequent cause of valve failure is over-torquing the valve while attempting to operate it.  This can occur more frequently if the valve is “frozen” or stuck in position. The remedy to each of these common causes of failure is periodic but consistent operation of the valves.  Much like the human body, valves simply work better and more reliably, when they are “exercised”.

To learn more about how we partner with utilities to minimize the consequence of failure – contact us today – 800-525-5821;


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