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The air relief valve installed with a drip line or drip tape for sub-surface installations allows air into the drip line or zone when the system it is not operating. It is not required for above the surface installations. The air relief valves can reduce the chance of water hammer damage caused by a sudden reversal of water flow. The air relief valve allows air to escape during system start-up and prevents air restrictions within the system.
In any irrigation system trapped air bubbles can damage pumps (via cavitation) and disrupt the flow rate and pressure in the system. The two main reasons we suggest installing an air relief valve in an irrigation system are:
1.They provide a means of releasing air from the drip line when the system is turned on and can eliminate any air pockets.
2.They allow air to freely enter the system when it is shut down, ensuring a vacuum does not draw debris into the drip line via the drip emitter outlets. This condition is known as "suck back". Suck back can cause the drip line to collapse or draw in dirt and debris that clog the drip emitters.
Dual acting air release & vacuum relief valve:
Eliminates vacuum and prevents contaminates from debris being drawn into the drip line :
Helps prevent clogging of the system:
Non-corrosive and durable weather resistant material, to withstand the toughest elements: