Seventeen years ago municipalities and civil engineers would have said, "who is ARI?" Today they say, "we cannot function without ARI."
Why do I need an Air Valve?
An air valve is critical component of your pipeline allowing fluid to flow while under pressure in addition protecting the pipeline during draining. Simply put, an ARI Air Valve is the "lungs of your pipe".
During pipeline fill the air valve will discharge air replacing the air with fluid. With out air valves both fluid and air would occupy the space greatly reducing capacity.
During normal pipeline operation, the air valve will discharge entrained air within the solution preventing air pockets from forming at high points. Air at high points will restrict flow resulting in increase of pumping energy costs and potential transient surges as pocket of air separate and travel down the pipeline.
During pipeline draining, as an example when pumps shut down intentionally and/or unintentionally. Air valve will open to allow air into the pipeline replacing fluid with air. Failure to do this would result in pipeline collapse or pipeline damage due to negative pressure build up.
Why has ARI Had Such Great Success Over Other Brands Within The Market?
Proven performance, many OEM air valves simply don't work and fail regularly. ARI valve have a near zero failure rate. We always encourage a phone call to local municipalities requesting "past service acknowledgement" of the valve they operate.
Light Weight. 8 lbs vs 200 pounds and our air valve will out perform the 200lb valve in air flow.
Safety, we eliminate confined space entry to maintain.
Support; we size, we locate, we test, we resource and we install.
A properly functioning air valve is a critical component of your pipeline, allowing fluid to flow while under pressure, in addition protecting the pipeline during draining. A correctly installed, high quality air valve will drastically improve the performance of your water and sanitary systems, reducing service and maintenance costs over the long term.