A Frozen Water Valve Expertly Replaced By Balkan Sewer And Water Main

Water Main Service
March 5, 2015

by David Balkan

frozen shut off valves

When a water valve is exposed to Winter weather conditions, it can freeze and frequently crack. A frozen water valve can occur even in occupied properties if the valve is exposed to a draft or is located outside the building.

More frequently this occurs in unoccupied homes, such as new construction or houses under renovation. However, a frozen water shutoff valve can occur even in occupied properties if the valve is exposed to a draft or is located outside the building.

Virtually everyone knows that water expands when frozen. However, the degree of expansion correlates with the amount of water. A ball valve that is in the closed position is particularly prone to crack when the water inside it freezes. That is because the inside of the ball inside the valve body is hollowed out.

When in the closed position the water inside the ball of the valve is pointed directly towards the outer sides of the valve body. As the water inside the ball freezes and expands, it pushes against and cracks the valve body.

All types and sizes of water valves are prone to freezing if not properly insulated or in a heated environment. During the NYC winters of 2014 and 2015, water lines froze that had been undamaged by past winters.

Simple preventative measures such as installing insulation or heat trace tape can usually prevent this. Even keeping a small amount of water running from a faucet can help prevent most freezing, as running water is less likely to freeze. There are even steps to take to prevent underground water lines from freezing.

When water freezes inside of a valve pressure is created. Frozen shut-off valves usually become evident when the body of the valve splits. But inside a brass ball valve, the freezing water can actually deform the inside of the ball.

In this case, the frozen water made it oval-shaped. This makes performing a valve repair more difficult. Inserting tools inside of a now oval opening is very difficult. This is another reason why when dealing with a frozen water valve you should trust a professional.

Replace A Cracked Or Frozen Water Valve

Replacing cracked, or frozen water shut-off valves can involve many expenses, and the potential for property damage if done improperly. Joseph L. Balkan Inc. is New York City’s largest water service line contractor, and their experience entails all practical and cost-effective ways to replace water valves.

A recent addition to Balkan’s list of specialty water main tools allows for replacing a cracked or frozen water valve. This is achieved with reduced potential for water damage, and with work being completed in two hours or less.

Balkan can replace almost all legal main control valves 2″ or smaller without excavating or the potential for water damage resulting from the work. Balkan provides the most cost-effective and safest means to replace a main control valve available today. Leave it to Team Balkan to find cost-effective solutions for property owners who are in need of fast and efficient water line service.

Responding to the Client’s needs

After one of the harshest Winter on record, many NYC property owners suffered from frozen plumbing and water valves. The damage from frozen water shut off valves and plumbing exceeded that of recent years. Traditionally when a water shutoff freezes and cracks the roadway has to be opened, permits secured, and a full crew sent to the scene. Alternatively, valves are changed under pressure, with the distinct possibility of damage from water.

Specialty water main tools frequently allow for a single technician to address the issue safely in an hour or two. Part of our commitment to service is being aware of specialty conditions and a client’s unique needs as they arise. Devising a way to provide faster, safer, and cheaper plumbing solutions is an important part of Balkan Sewer And Water Main.

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David Balkan

David Balkan is the CEO of Balkan Sewer And Water Main, the largest and most trusted service in New York City. David is extremely active in various NYC plumber organizations being the Chairman of the Subsurface Committee in the Master Plumbers Council, and Vice President of the Subsurface Plumbers Association. In addition David’s expertise is respected by officials of New York City agencies such as the NYC DEP, NYC DOB, and the NYC DOT. He frequently provides valuable input on a variety of industry related matters.

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