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One of the most important maintenance and intervention tasks our customers should know how to do, is to put his or her system on bypass in case of a plumbing emergency. They don’t happen often, but when they do, we want you to be prepared. Below is a step-by-step process to by-pass your system until we or your plumber can arrive on site to fix whatever problem has crept up.
Secondwind has designed their Signature Installations with 3-ball-bypasses to be able to isolate the installed equipment in case of a plumbing emergency. The procedure to bypass a system is easy.
By-pass: To manipulate a series of valves to divert the plumbing path around an installed system
Ball Valve: A device that can be used to shut off or open up a flow of water in a piping system by moving a lever to an OPEN or CLOSED position
Plumbing Loop: Secondwind Equipment is always installed on its own plumbing system that can be isolated from the main system by manipulating three ball valves
Open: A valve is open when the yellow handle runs PARALLEL to the pipe it is mounted on
Closed: A valve is closed when the yellow handle is PERPENDICULAR to the pipe it is mounted on
In Service: When the configuration of the 3 ball valves forces the water to run through the system loop
In Bypass: When the configuration of the 3 ball valves keeps the water from running through the system loop
Procedure to Bypass the System
The three ball valves are labeled 1, 2, & 3.
To by-pass the system;
1. set ball valve #1 to perpendicular (closed) position
2. set ball valve #2 to parallel (open) position
3. set ball valve #3 to perpendicular (closed) position
To put the system in service;
1. set ball valve #1 to parallel (open) position
2. set ball valve #2 to perpendicular (closed) position
3. set ball valve #3 to parallel (open) position Picture of Loop and Three Ball Valves in Service Position