- Replacement is an acceptable alternative to testing, based upon the discretion of the tank owner/operator.
A certified pressure relief valve testing contractor must perform all inspections. That’s where Foster Fuels comes in. Our inspectors can advise when testing is necessary and when a replacement would be a more cost-effective option. We also offer comprehensive preventative maintenance programs that can extend the life of your pressure relief valves and related safety equipment, saving you money over the long term with services such as:
- Boiler inspections, which will note and alert the owner to any relief valves over 10 years old at the next scheduled inspection.
- Reminding you valves over 10 years old must be tested or replaced prior to the following scheduled inspection, which is two years from the current inspection.
PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE TESTING PROCEDURES AND STANDARDS IN VIRGINIA
Virginia has its own set of requirements for pressure relief valve testing and certification. These are primarily based on NFPA 58 and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. State requirements establish a propane pressure relief valve testing frequency of once every 10 years for most equipment. The state code also sets a compliance schedule of two years from the initial inspection date. For more information, contact Foster Fuels directly.
STAYING COMPLIANT WITH RELIEF VALVE TESTING REQUIREMENTS
State and NBIC requirements present several challenges for businesses that rely on propane in their facilities. Organizations with multiple tanks may find the time and money required for pressure relief valve testing—including downtime and flaring of vapor, if necessary—to be overly burdensome. The limited time allotted to ensure all tanks are inspected and tested is an additional difficulty.