Seven Steps to Healthy Plumbing Control Valves
Many control valves on plumbing systems go unnoticed until there is a need to stop water flow in all, or a section, of a plumbing system. Don’t wait for an emergency to ensure that your valves are in proper working order! These seven simple steps can save you time and money (and avoid a mess!) in the long run:
- Check for leakage around valve stems.
- Periodically exercise each valve to its fully closed and open positions.
- Check if any valves are difficult to operate, or if they leak when opened or closed.
- Verify handles are securely fastened to the valve stems.
- Verify all valves have proper operating handles.
- Check for corrosion at locations where piping is connected to valves.
- Check for proper labeling/signage identifying the service which is being controlled (e.g., potable, non-potable water).
If any of these procedures point to a potential issue, contact Ahern to have a plumbing professional take a closer look.