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Air/Vacuum Valves, often referred to as "large orifice valves", are used to allow large volumes of air to be exhausted from or admitted into a water pipeline as it is being filled or drained. When draining the pipeline, the float drops, allowing air to enter, preventing loss of pressure, possible pipeline collapse and damaging water column separation.
Val-Matic® Valve & Mfg. Corp. is a leading manufacturer of check valves, quarter turn shut-off valves and air valves for water/wastewater, industrial and building markets. Valve types include Tilted Disc®, Dual Disc®, Swing-Flex®, Surgebuster®, Silent Check Valves, Eccentric Plug Valves, AWWA Butterfly Valves, Air Valves, Foot Valves, VaultSafe® products, Ener-G® AWWA Rubber Seated Ball Valves, Smart Control Systems, and QuadroSphere® Trunnion-Mounted Ball Valves.