Pipe Thread Compund Plugged Control Valve.

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by molo, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. molo

    molo Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    Cold New York
    An interesting experience that I wanted to share: I discovered a gas leak at the pipe that entered the control valve on a hot water tank. When I disassembled the piping and removed the nipple from the control valve, I noticed that the screen inside the control valve was nearly covered with a yeloow substance. I removed the screen and discovered that it was pipe dope thread sealant that had covered it. I'm surprised the tank was even working as 90% of the screen was covered.
    There was no drip leg and very little pipe dope around the threads of the nipple entering the control valve. The tank is about 17 years old.
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    Guess that's at least one reason we a cautioned not to put dope on the first couple of threads. It's easy to get carried away when using pipe dope though and just slop it on. As one who prefers pipe dope over tape, I appreciate you sharing this with use and will take care in the future.
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  4. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

    Dec 28, 2009
    "retired" and still building and troubleshooting
    northfork, california
    And the drip leg is very important, and better if increased a pipe size or two.
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