What are the main functions of valves?

The most basic function of a valve is to regulate the flow of fluids such as water within the piping system. Each valve type has a its own defining work mechanism that sets it apart from other valves. Generally, the common functions among valves include:

  • Start or stop the flow based on the condition of the valve
  • Control the direction of flow within the pipes
  • Adjust the flow rate and pressure within piping system
  • Throttle flow rates within the pipes
  • Relieve pressure and vacuum within the piping system

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