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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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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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Learn about Check Valves!

Learn about Check Valves!

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Check valves refer to valves that only allow fluid to move in one direction. Fluids passing through the valve opens it up, while reversing this flow leads the valve to close. There are multiple types of check valves that carry out this function in different ways, such as swing, lift, and inline. In this article, we'll be talking about the two types of check valves sold at Valve Warehouse: swing check valves and our newest product: inline check valves.   Swing Check Valves At Valve Warehouse, we carry swing check valves in brass, lead free brass, and stainless steel. They consist of...

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Gascocks and Gas Ball Valves - What They Do and More!

Gascocks and Gas Ball Valves - What They Do and More!

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Gascocks are valves designed to reduce or completely stop gas flow. They come in three different types of handles: T-handles Teardrop handles Lever handles Most are used in residential and commercial applications, with natural and manufactured gases. Look for certifications like CSA and UL in order to ensure you have a product that is reliable and safe to use for your application.  Threaded Brass Gas Ball Valve with T-handle Gas Ball Valves Gas ball valves are similar to regular ball valves, but they are built to withstand the pressure of commercial and industrial gas applications. They include medical gas ball valves, such as the ones we...

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