How to Install a Pipe Freeze Protection Valve

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What You'll Need
Pipe freeze protection valve
Pipe tie straps

In order to properly install a pipe freeze protection valve, you need to make sure that you understand the different places that you can install the valve. This is something that is really important, so that you will be able to protect your pipes against the severely cold temperatures that you may experience in the area where you live. Just follow the steps below carefully, so that you will be able to make good decisions about what is needed to be done.

Step 1 - Where to Install the Valve

If you want to prevent any type of ice patch hazard, make sure that you know where you need to direct your valve. This will make all of the difference. The discharge of your valve needs to be directed in through piping, or a hose, straight into the waste. The discharge hoses that you are dealing with need to be made short. This is so you won’t have to worry about any standing water that will later freeze and cause issues with your pipes. Installing a valve is simple. You simply have to tap the line, and press the valve in place, and secure the area around it. You can use a pipe tap for this. The pipe tap is inserted into a small hole that you drill, and it will create threads in the pipe.

Step 2 - Pipe Tie Straps

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It is important that you prevent any restriction in the discharge tube. There are a couple of ways you can do this. When you are installing your pipe tie straps, make sure they are tight around the piping and the tube. However, they don’t need to be overly tightened, as this can end up doing damage to your piping and your tubes. You just want them to be tight enough where they are unable to move easily, but not so tight where you have to struggle to tighten them. The straps will fit around the pipe and have an adjustable piece. One end of the strap will slide through the other, and you pull down on the end to create the fit. Once you have it tightened, the built-in grooves keep them held in place.

Step 3 - Freeze Protection Valve Installation

You are now ready to get your freeze protection valve installed. Putting it at a low point will end up allowing you to be able to get it where the water will be the most static. If you are installing a dual valve, then you need to make sure that your freeze valve is connected to your closest ball valve. To install this, you will tap the line again, and the valve will simply be screwed into the line tap.

Step 4 - Drainage Tips

In order to get the most drainage possible, make sure to get the valves pointed downward. Install it in a way where the flow will be going in the exact same direction as the nameplate of your valve. Most valves will have nameplates that serve as a directional. If the valve you have does not, follow the manufacturer’s suggestion for proper placement.