10 Things Engineers and Maintenance Managers Should Know About Check Valves

DFT Inc - Check ValvesFinding the best check valve for your project requires a clear understanding of the way the valves work and how they will impact your application. To ensure that your valves run smoothly from start to finish, DFT Inc. has put together this list of the top 10 things there that all engineers and maintenance managers must keep in mind when purchasing and implementing check valves.
  • Check Valves are an essential element in the design of an efficient pumping system
  • Check Valves should be sized for their application and flow, not based just on pipe diameter
  • Water Hammer is a direct result of a pressure surge or wave caused when a fluid (usually a liquid or slurry ) in motion is forced to stop or change direction suddenly
  • Water Hammer can be significantly reduced with the correct choice of Check Valve
  • An undersized valve will cause high pressure losses and create excessive noise and vibration
  • An oversized valve can lead to premature wear and failure of the valves internal components
  • Properly sized check valves can dramatically add to the life of the valves as well as longevity of pumps and other related components
  • An energy efficient check valve is a properly sized check valve in a pump fluid flow system that allows the required flow, while minimizing energy consumption
  • Low flow application check valves should be sized so the valve is fully open based on maximum flow
  • Metal sealing surfaces generally will allow some leakage while elastomers (soft seats) such as Buna-N and Viton provide bubble-tight shutoff (zero leakage)
When used properly and for the appropriate projects, check valves can offer you a wide range of useful benefits. For a better understanding of their capabilities and which check valve is right for your application, contact the team at Campbell-Sevey.    
10 Things Engineers and Maintenance Managers Should Know About Check Valves