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Expansion PEX vs Crimp Pex: Find Out Which to Choose for Your Project!

Expansion PEX vs Crimp Pex: Find Out Which to Choose for Your Project!

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The use of PEX piping has become huge in the plumbing industry due to its easy installation, lower costs, and durability. At Valve Warehouse, we carry both crimp and expansion PEX ball valves for PEX piping applications. Here are the differences between the two. Crimp PEX   A crimp PEX connection sits outside of the piping and a special tool is used to crimp the end connection around the pipe. Crimp PEX has been used for a long time so its use and knowledge is more widespread. Costs for the fittings, tools, and accessories are also much cheaper than the newer expansion PEX connections....

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Understanding Valve Standards - API

Understanding Valve Standards - API

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API refers to the American Petroleum Institute, which, according to their site, is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Through its 85+ years of experience, it has helped develop numerous standards for everything from valves to tanks and more. Today, we're going to discuss the various valve standards that API has developed along with some Valve Warehouse valves that feature API standards.  API Valve Standards Valves that meet API standards are typically used for industrial purposes. They are designed to help industry professionals improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their work, meet legislative and...

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The Plumbing Checklist

The Plumbing Checklist

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Whether you're buying a home or already own one, paying close attention to plumbing systems can help prevent major disasters down the road. Testing the water pressure in sinks and showers, checking for clogged drains, inspecting valves and pipes for corrosion, and making sure to have an updated lead free piping system can help make the process a lot easier. According to the infographic below (provided by Angie's List), the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water a day and almost 14% of that water goes to waste due to water leaks. Most water damage is found within attics and basements,...

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The Growth of Lead Free Valves

The Growth of Lead Free Valves

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Lead free valves are all over the market now and you would be hard pressed to not find a lead free valve in any plumber's arsenal. But where did the big push to go lead free come from? Keep reading to learn more and get 5% off your order with the promo code on the bottom of the page! The Safe Drinking Water Act In January 2014, the “Reduction of Lead in Water Act” went into effect to amend section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The law reduces the permissible levels of lead in the wetted surfaces of pipes,...

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Learn About Gate Valves and New Products!

Learn About Gate Valves and New Products!

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Gate valves are valves that are generally either fully closed or fully open and utilize a "gate" to start or stop the flow of water. These gates, more commonly known as discs or wedges,  vary depending on the application of the gate valve. The 3 most commonly used types of discs are solid discs, flexible discs. and split discs. Solid discs are the most popular due to their simplicity and durability. The disc is a single piece (or solid construction) and is commonly used for rough flow. Flexible discs have a cut around the disc to improve its ability to correct errors...

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