As water networks continue to age, ensuring reliable controlled water requires a proactive valve maintenance program.
Water boards and councils understand the need to proactively maintain their water network, however critical emergencies often take priority and resources meaning immediate time and labour are devoted to repair what is already in place.
In addition to reactive critical emergencies, there are labour challenges and issues in staffing across many industries, and the water industry is not immune to these shortages.
Preventative maintenance minimises costly replacement and repairs on valves. Not only extending the life of existing valves but giving you crucial information to make informed decisions on the life of existing valves.
Valvemax assist you to design a Valve Maintenance Program giving you confidence your Valve Exercising program is up to date and working for the benefit of your organisation.
Valvemax Services was formed to perform ongoing water system maintenance so that water boards and councils can focus on time critical emergency work.
Valvemax offers valve exercising and maintenance programs, valve location, valve box vacuuming, and other preventative maintenance services. Most services offered by Valvemax involve exercising the valve. Locating, assessing, inspecting, report and analysis are all recent add-ons to the Valvemax service.
Valve maintenance can include:
- Identifying and numbering the valves in the system
- Clean out the valve boxes
- Exercise the valves
- Identify problem valves
- Collect information on the valves (including GPS)
- Construct a map of the system
Challenges with maintenance
It’s not uncommon for valves to rest idle for many years, even decades between operation. The valve which has stood un-maintained in that period is very likely to have suffered corrosion. The act of operating that valve will inevitably lead to component failure.
This being the case, a program of periodic maintenance should be established to ensure such valves are in good working order.
With so many valves under the maintenance guidance of a limited number of staff, identifying those valves to be prioritised for valve exercising should be done based on risk. i.e. which valves present the greatest risk in the event of failure.
At Valvemax, we work with you to determine the needs of your network. From your initial consultation and evaluation (Level 1) through to a layered full approach to full service (Level 4). Our levels of service will depend on the needs of your network, number of valves that require exercising and maintenance and we can then provide you with an estimate for the level of work, timeframe, and cost. With our layered approach full service is completed (Level 4) after first engaging Level 1 and 2 exercising and maintenance. Level 4 leaves your network with 100% coverage and full working order of all locatable and accessible valves. Additional work may be required if valves are in a state of disrepair or malfunction.
The majority of Valvemax services involve exercising the valve. From locating, assessing, and inspecting right through to our most recent add-ons of reporting and analysis, where we provide you with a detailed reporting and analysis on the state of your network, and provide recommendations for further ongoing maintenance.
At Valvemax, we work tirelessly provide reliable, controlled water for all.
Arrange an initial discussion with Valvemax to better understand how we can support your Valve exercising and maintenance.
How to implement a valve maintenance program.
Ensuring reliable controlled water requires a proactive valve maintenance program. Preventative maintenance minimises costly replacement and repairs on valves.
Why a valve maintenance and exercising is critical to your water network.
As all water utilities know, it is extremely important to be able to operate valves within a moment’s notice so that when an emergency arises, sections of a distribution system can be shut down without delay.
How to exercise valves.
The specialist technicians at Valvemax are trained to assist you to streamline maintenance tasks to ensure water systems are operating at their highest performance levels.