Increased number of valve release projects in the waste water sector

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During the last quarter, Hydrosave has seen an increase in the number of valve release projects coming from the waste water sector. Typically these are smaller in size than those seen in the clean water sector, Gate valves 6” to 15” and Plug Valves up to 12”. Recent projects have also included  the larger diameter Penstock versions.

As with all water industry valves, waste water valves seize for the same reasons, however this sector differs in respect to the following factors which are very specific to this environment:

  • Increased build-up of organic matter on the internal components
  • Increased corrosion due to vast variations in extreme pH values
  • Un-maintained or zero Cathodic Protection
  • Strangulation of internal components due to ‘ragging’
  • Worn valve seats due to storm water aggregates
  • Fats Oils and Greases
  • Lack of use due to hazardous locations

The ‘clever valve release technology’ performs in the same manner and with the same successes in all environments. However, unique to waste water valves it is proving more beneficial to fully cycle the valves simultaneously whilst applying constant frequency changes in order to fully remove the particulate build up.

There has been a 100% success rate on all valves released to date. This has saved customers significant replacement costs, maintained high quality customer service and ensured safe working practices are being adopted in difficult operational circumstances.

Hydrosave also offer Cathodic Protection surveys and solutions for assets in order to protect against further corrosion.

Safe Working at Height – horizontal seized valve released

The Problem: a horizontal 600mm gate valve used to throttle pumps at a major treatment facility was seized at the 25% open position. The valve was situated 4m high and operated via a chain and wheel assembly.

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The Solution: due to the risk of possible damage to a critical asset, Hydrosave’s valve release technology was selected  due to its ability to release valves using minimal torque at levels under the safe design specification for a valve. A scaffold tower was erected around the valve, the chain hub removed and the ‘clever valve release’ system installed.

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New bespoke valve release vehicle

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Hydrosave’s latest bespoke valve release vehicle was recently put through its paces whilst un-seizing an 18″ waste water valve. The 3.5 tonne medium wheelbase unit is equipped with an on-board compressor and generator which allows the crew to react safely to any location 24 hours a day. The ability to have all the necessary equipment on one vehicle allows us to have the functionality to react to any situation, increases efficiencies and obviously has a positive impact on our carbon footprint.

As part of a planned refurbishment project of a waste water pumping station, the tier 1 contractor submitted a proposal to the asset owner to insert a ‘tee’ section whilst replacing an NRV. This would allow the installation of an over-land pipeline and a temporary pumping system to ensure the station could continue to operate on its scheduled 9 minute pumping cycles.

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Trenchless Technology: valve release via 5m spindle extension

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A 9″ washout valve situated on a service reservoir required releasing in order to drain down the tank sufficiently to allow safe access. Although this was a small valve, the challenge was to release through 5 metres of small diameter spindle extensions. This proved not too be a problem for the Hydrosave Clever Valve Release system which transferred 230Nm or torque to take up the backlash on the extensions and focus the vibration toward the open position. As with all valve release projects performed by Hydrosave a torque assessment was completed and the results stored on the web based reporting facility for future reference.