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The Importance of Isolation Valves part 2

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

We returned to our commercial plumbing repair at the truck stop in Haines City, Florida to complete the recommended repairs/alterations in the boiler room. The valves were installed as well as a permanent bypass for serviceability. The Bradley mixing valve was rebuilt with all new internals.

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In the future servicing the valve will be a snap. It’s just a shame that the builder skimped on these devices. It ended up costing the property owner triple what it would have to just do it right the first time. This doesn’t factor in lost customers to the business due to water outages or man ours paid for by the staff to deal with the crisis.

The point to take home here is this: An inexpensive valve can save you downtime and facilitate repairs, saving you money. If you get several estimates and you always go with the lowest one, there is a good chance there is something important that is missing in that contract. Don’t go cheap unless you know EXACTLY what you are getting and not getting. Read the fine print, specifications and warranty. Not all companies are the same and will provide different levels of professionalism.

Don’t try and save pennies now only to lose dollars later!

The Importance of Isolation Valves

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Pro-Tech Plumbing LLC.
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Serving Polk County Florida
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Haines City mixing valve

The offending valve

We were called out today to deal with a Haines City plumbing repair in a brand new truck station/restaurant that had no hot water. It was quickly diagnosed to be a fouled tempering valve in the boiler room. Unfortunately, the commercial plumbing contractor that built the plumbing did not install isolation valves in many logical locations to install them. This made it very difficult to work on the valve and resulted in extended water down time. The business lost many customers during the water outage and the repair was more costly than it should have been.

 

 

 

 

Plumbing valve in Haines City truck stop

The needed modifications

 

 

We will be going back out to install a bypass line, flush-out port, and isolation valves soon. This will enable the building maintenance

crew to easily bypass the valve if it fails in the future and will make service a snap.

 

Don’t always go with the lowest priced estimate. There is usually something missing from the workmanship or materials. In many cases, the money saved by going “bare bones” is only a small fraction of what it will cost in the future to clean up the mess.

Pro-Tech Plumbing LLC.
Your Home Plumbing Specialists
Residential Plumbing
Serving Polk County Florida
863-293-4202
863-687-8082