Most of the nations valves were placed in an era when logging where they were being placed did not always happen. With missing logs, it is almost impossible to find them unless they burst. Bursting valves is happening more frequently because past valves are all outdated and have not been serviced in decades because no one knew they were there. Water main valve exercise has been put into motion to ensure that generations of the future do not endure the same issues.
Better water main valve management is the first step in fixing the problem. With better management, operators will keep better track of where their locations are. They will provide schedules for maintenance and testing of them to make sure they are in working condition.
Exercises will test them to make sure they open and close correctly. They open and close on a regular basis to allow aqua to flow through. If they are not working properly, in the event of an emergency, their would be major consequences.
Exercises will stop the need for emergency valve repair almost completely. The faulty pieces will get located in during testing. This means that repairs for the faulty part can be scheduled to be fixed before it actually causes a valve break.
Water main leak detection will ensure that consumers do not lose pressure and get air in their lines causing other problems. It will help keep H2O healthier as well. Healthier H2O means reduced cost of treating it.
If exercises fail to catch all bad equipment then mains can rupture and lead to some pretty devastating effects. There have been cases all over the US over the past few years where they have broken and aqua gushed out in over fifty million gallons. The bursts caused floods and crushed homes and buildings as the H2O rushed over them. People have lost their lives due to the effects of main breaks.
Water main valve repair is not easy. Technicians have to get into all the spillage and try first to stop the flow first before they can attempt a repair. A steady plan can make repairing the breaks go a lot smoother.
There are other companies that have over a decade of experience with these sort of repairs. Repairing older valves before they can cause damage is their sole mission. There are a few companies that have the latest in maintenance technology.
Instead of excavating the valves, they raise them and repack them. They replace nuts and pinions and other parts all in an operation they call in situ. This saves a lot of time and inconvenience. No more having to shut down service to residences and businesses to spend hours or even days working on them.
It is the hope of the future that all service companies will incorporate equipment and technology just as others has. It will indeed save lives and cities. It will save water companies thousands of dollars in repair costs. That could mean raises in pay for their employees.