A flow control valve is a device that works to regulate or control the amount or pressure of any fluid. The valve makes use of signaling devices such as the flow meter and temperature gauge to help the valve ascertain the right amount or pressure of fluids. Although flow control valves are often used in tanks for industries that require a delivery of a controlled amount of fluid at a constant pressure, a more basic design of the valve can also be fitted in any residential pipe.
Step 1 – Find the Proper Location
Before you can install any kind of valve, you need to first decide where your valve should strategically be placed. Remember that choosing the location is important as it will determine the efficiency of the valve that you will be installing. In the case of flow control valves, you should install one in your kitchen faucet. For example, the valve can prevent your kids from unnecessarily turning on the kitchen full blast and having copious amounts of water gushing through it. You can, of course, install one in your kid’s bathroom so you are always assured that your kids aren’t wasting too much water when they bathe. For your kitchen, try to pick the perfect spot for your valve. You can look at the pipe connections below the counter.
Step 2 – Turn off the Water Supply
Now that you know where to place the valve, turn off the water supply to your house. With the use of a tubing cutter, make a clean cut in your pipe and make sure that your flow control valve can be accommodated with the cut that you have just made.
Step 3 – Position the Flow Control Valve
On the open ends of your pipes, place Teflon tape and then fit the flow control valve in between those two pipes. You should be able to see that there are two ends to your valve. The first end is a galvanized pipe which must be fitted inside the copper pipe that you have just cut.
Step 4 – Tighten the Flow Control Valve
With the use of a wrench, tighten the compression fitting of your valve. However, you might have difficulty keeping the entire valve from turning as opposed to just the compression fitting. For this reason, you should use a second wrench which will keep the whole valve from turning, making it easier for you to tighten only the compression fitting.
Step 5 – Test the Valve
Once you are done tightening the fittings, you can test your connection. Restore water flow to your home, turn on the faucet and see if there are any leaks. You can use a tissue and touch it to the surface of the valve and nearby pipe. If there is any leak, you will find out through your tissue.