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Insta-Valve 250 and Insta-Valve 250 Patriot Series now available from Hydra-Stop

4, 6, and 8 inch nominal sizes ready to ship!

The Insta-Valve 250 insertion valve is a step forward in valve insertion technology. Our design team interviewed many of our customers to find out what was on their wish list in a Hyra-Stop insertion valve.

The Insta-Valve was designed to incorporate those features which matter most to our customers - 250 psi working pressure, Made in the USA, stainless steel construction, easy to align, install and complete.

The Insta-Valve 250 come in two models. The 100% Made in the USA version - the Insta-Valve 250 Patriot Series - and the Insta-Valve 250 which is identical to the Patriot except for the carbon steel epoxy coated blind flange. Both versions are manufactured from 304 stainless steel, are rated to 250 psi and are manufactured in the US.

The Insta-Valve 250 offer features and benefits which lower installation time and also saves money.

For additional information about the Insta-Valve 250 and the Insta-Valve 250 Patriot Series please see the IV 250 section of our website by clicking here.


On The Road Again... and again...

It's been a very busy few months for everyone at Hydra-Stop. Combine the launch of our new Insta-Valve 250 product line and the HSF 250 product line with trade shows, conferences, presentations and product trainings and we've racked up the hours and miles. It is a Hydra-Stop goal to educate, train and support as to best serve our industry.

To date in 2015 the Hydra-Stop sales team has attended 16 state rural water and AWWA section conferences and of course AWWA ACE 2015 in Anaheim.

We hope you had the opportunity to see our new products at one of these shows. We still have more than 10 regional shows on the schedule, plus National Rural Water in September in Oklahoma City.

We've also been busy documenting installs of our Insta-Valve 250 product. In April, our marketing manager and design engineer drove to and attended installs in Iowa, Alabama and New Jersey. Plus one or two local installs here in Illinois. We took some great pictures and video of our installs and will be sharing them via the website throughout the coming months.

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The Hydra-Stop System

Insertion Valves, Line Stopping and Line Tapping

Hydra-Stop is the world's only manufacturer of pipe maintenance equipment designed to allow you to perform line stopping, valve insertion and line tapping (hot tapping) with its integrated Hydra-Stop System.

Hydra-tapperWhen you own a piece of Hydra-Stop equipment, you own the beginnings of a modular system that allows you to expand your capabilities and give you total pipeline maintenance flexibility.

Own a Hydra-Tapper? You not only have one of the best tapping machines on the market, but you also have expandability.

Add the Hydra-Stopper equipment module and you have the ability to perform line stops.

Add the Insta-Valve 250 module and you gain the ability to perform valve insertions.

The question remains, why purchase each piece separately? With the complete Hydra-Stop System you have the flexibility you need to perform line stops, valve insertions and pipe taps (hot taps).

Contact Hydra-Stop to learn how our modular system of pipe maintenance equipment and components can work for you.


Line Stop vs. Insertion Valve

Linestop FittingLine stopping was first developed over 50 years ago. The technique was introduced to the water industry in the 1980's. Linestops utilize a fitting mounted to the host pipe. A line tap is made and the stopping device (Hydra-Stopper) is mounted and completes the flow stopping procedure. The linestop temporarily stops flow to allow repairs or maintenance without disrupting service. Once work is completed, the fitting is sealed with a completion plug and flange.  The fitting is left in place on the host pipe.

Some common linestop uses include: changing or repairing hydrants, tying in new lines or services and performing pipe repairs.

When you require additional system control through the placement of additional valves, Insta-Valve 250 is the answer.

Insertion valves were also introduced to the water industry in the 1990's. Hydra-Stop was one of the first manufacturers to offer a valve insertion system. The Insta-Valve 250 was designed to give water pros unprecedented control of their distribution systems. Insertion valves provide the ability to place a valve where ever one is needed, in the fraction of the time of installing a "traditional" valve.

The insertion valve process is accomplished through three simple steps. 1) Mount the valve body. 2) Tap the pipe (under full line pressure). 3) Install the valve cartridge. The Insta-Valve 250 permanently remains in the water distribution piping to allow system repair in the same manner as any gate valve which would have been originally installed with the water main.

If you ever need assistance in determining which technique - linestop or insertion valve - is the best alternative, call us at 800-538-7867.

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