If you’re in the refining, petrochemical, or storage and transportation industries, chances are, you often have to clean valves as part of a routine or daily maintenance. In the past, this type of work was a hassle due to unsafe homemade hand tools, which make bleeding and cleaning valves difficult while potentially exposing workers to harsh chemicals–depending on the type of valve.
A Better Way to Clean Bleed Valves
In this day and age, there are much safer and easier ways to clean bleed valves. A rod out tool is a perfect solution and there are several reasons why this method is a smart business move.
Simply a Safer Tool
If you don’t have a rod out tool on hand and you have clogged valves, you’ve most likely been using a welding rod or a number nine wire. Using these can lead to several dangerous situations such as a vapor release, chemical spill, or a fire. Using these contraptions as operations tools to bleed valves can potentially cause serious injuries. However, a rod out tool used properly is simply just a safer tool. It has a pressure gauge to aid you in its operation, and can also handle up to 1,000 psi of pressure.
Use Different Rod Out Tools
Instead of trying to bend a number nine wire and having potentially unsafe outcomes, a rod out tool is available in a number of different configurations, so you’re able to bleed or clean any type of valve needed. These tools are available in a 90-degree angle, a 60-degree angle, or a straight rod style. This allows you to use a rod out tool on bleed valves in any position.
Built Rugged for Any Bleed Valves
Not only do rod out tools have a liquid-filled pressure gauge that handles up to 1,000 psi, they are also able to withstand temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Using other tools that aren’t built as durable, can lead to vapor and liquid eruptions and fire. Used properly, rod out tools are much more reliable when it comes to extreme temperature and pressure situations.
Easy to Use
There’s no second guessing when it comes to using a rod out tool. You simply screw the connector into the threaded end of the bleed and fully open the process valve. Next, you push and rotate the handle to dislodge the clog. The rod out tool should read pressure once you’ve broken free, and when it’s finished, you just disconnect the tool, and your bleed valve is ready to use!
Perfect for Any Valve
Looking for a specific size? Specialty Maintenance Products can custom-make your rod out tools. You can you order our rod out tools in different configurations, completely built to order. Also, if your tool ever requires repairing, we supply all of the parts necessary for upkeep and repairs.
If you’re looking for safer and more effective procedures in your workplace, choose rod out tools manufactured by Specialty Maintenance Products (SMP). Contact us today to find out how we can custom build your rod out tools, and train you on proper usage techniques. We help keep your employees safe so you can focus on processing and producing.