In the world today, there are countless pipes and wires that carry things from one place to another. Water, sewage, air, electricity. You name it and its got a pipe that carrying it, but what happens when a pipe breaks or needs repairs. Before you can go down and repair it, you need to stop the flow of whatever is being carried in order to keep yourself safe. That’s where valve lock systems come into play.
Valves are like dams in rivers, where they block off or shut down the flow of something so a pipe can be fixed. Think of it like the water spigot in your house when you turn off your sink. The water doesn’t stop flowing because you turned the water off, but you’ve blocked the water from getting into your home through the pipe.
Valves work the same way on a larger scale, where you can shut off water and power to your home and allow for people to work on the pipes that carry that power safely. You wouldn’t want to work on a live wire in order to fix a lightbulb, because that carries the real risk of being shocked. So you turn off the power and you can now work on the wire without any danger.
Most shutoff valves are installed in a home and accessible from a central location, like a fuse box or a water heater, and these are typically the first places people go when a problem erupts. There are different types of valve lockouts for different types of pipes and layouts, and you’ll probably either know where they are or be told where they are when a problem happens.
If you don’t have a valve system on your pipes, consider getting one, especially if you see a lot of repairs in the future.Read More