No matter how rust proof you think your pipes may be, still, at one point in time they could become rigid. The valves in your system may end up being too rigid to move for future emergencies. This is why there is a necessity for one to know when to perform a water main valve exercise.
A rigid or even a broken pipe is something that not anyone of us wants to have. Especially if your property is housing a corporate business enterprise or you are a landlord of a certain structure, it would cause grave consequences. Paying for the replacement of valves and pipes is surely not an option and would cost you expenditures enough to be spent on more important things.
Here are the basic steps so as how you could perform the exercise. Be able to inspect and see clearly that each of these steps is done properly. Initially performing the task at hand may be quite strenuous at first but during the next few rounds you should have no trouble at all.
Locate all the valves in your pipe system. Once done, be able to take note of them through the blueprint the company who put it up would provide you. Circle each of the locations of the pipes in the blueprint. Thereafter, name them and list them down on a separate sheet of paper.
Now, assign people to help you and have them stationed on each area the valves are located. The main purpose of this exercise is to open and close the valves. Open them and close them alternately. Open at least 30% of the number of valves in every turn. Then record each open and close the valves undertake on the separate sheet of paper you've written their names on.
Be able to do this for about six to seven times. The first few rounds would be very tiring trying to move rigid valves. However, right after, they would be quite loose but effective enough to put water in place.
Any type of issue that you encounter with a valve, such as a defective valve too loose to hold water, should be noted. Valves that are too tight to open or have been broken in the exercise should be immediately replaced. Observe as well the stream of water flowing within your pipes. If it has color, you may have a problem with some of your pipe sections. Take note of them and seek repairs if necessary.
This particular task would help you be able to determine if you have any potential risks when it comes to your pipe system definitely. Perform with care as well. You may induce damage on the pipes if you do not handle the task carefully.
Water main valve exercise for your property's pipe system should be done on a regular basis. A monthly schedule is strongly advised. If you think you may need professional help in trying to do the task, you should consult the help of experts in this particular job.