Why does BRS recommend this?
Check valves are always a good idea to have, however when it comes to reliability you get what you pay for. There are other good check valves on the market but we feel that the Georg Fischer Wye check valve is by far the most superior. They have a removable plunger that can be cleaned easily without having to remove the main body of the check valve from your plumbing. With the cost of some floors, these days and other things an overflow can damage paying a few extra bucks for quality safety precautions can save a lot of money down the line.
Swiss-made check valves allow one directional water flow and are used to prevent back siphoning. Commonly used on return pump outputs to prevent water overflowing the sump in the event of a power outage, pump failure or maintenance.
- Slip x Slip
- Easy breakdown for cleaning
- Long term operation
- More professional look white Schedule 40 PVC
The golden rule of plumbing is that every job takes three trips to the store. While this can be frustrating locally it can be much worse when shopping online. Being short a fitting or two can delay a plumbing project for days. Here are some quick tips to avoid this.
- Plan your plumbing on paper
- Don't skimp on unions. Unions allow for easy breakdown and maintenance as well as remove the need for precise elbow placement. Use them as often as possible.
- When in doubt order extra. We happily accept returns for a full refund (less shipping) on all unused fittings within one month of purchase. A few extra bucks in return shipping is less frustrating than a project delay.
Works 50% of the time By David on 11/7/2018David wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI’ve had these on my system for about two years and when they work life is great, however that’s not always the case. If your sump can’t handle any backflow then I would urge you to also get a swing check valve as these will not work all the time. Luckily my sump can handle the backflow with room to spare.
Fails constantly. Do not waste money! By Derek on 9/17/2018Derek wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBoth of these valves failed within 24 hours of installation. I gave them a thorough cleaning and reinstalled. I've had these for several months now and 1 still fails 60% of the time. The 2nd fails about 30% of the time.
I've been using various check valves for over 15 years and find it really frustrating that the cheap 15-20$ valves work FAR better than this. Seriously. Stay away from these.
Great check valve By MUSBFRANK on 8/8/2018MUSBFRANK would recommend this product to a friendI've been using these check valves for over 15 years and for my installation service and have never failed me except one time (installed at least 60 of them, as long as it's within the customers budget I will continue to use them. Very easy to clean which must be done on a scheduled basis.
Don't trust it to keep your tank from siphoning By Tony on 5/24/2018Tony wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have to agree with the above negative comments. Mine also fails to close often even though I have been good about taking it out and cleaning it. It also sometimes doesn't open up all the way affecting the water level in my overflow and making the aquarium noisy. I also glued mine in since I thought it would last longer. Now I need to figure out how to splice it out of my tight setup. I am looking for another option right now.
Review check valve By Jim on 2/23/2018Jim would recommend this product to a friendGreat idea for everyone!!
Check Regularly By MJT on 11/3/2017MJT would recommend this product to a friendThis is a well built and designed check valve. It’s true that it is loud and will hammer your system when it closes but that’s not going to happen very often.
One WARNING: They freeze up quilckly (30-60 days) and will not close as desired on system shut down. If you own one check it regulary. I have solve this problem by a daily shutdown program that keeps the valve free.
Rocey but good By JIm Mc on 10/5/2017JIm Mc would recommend this product to a friendI use two of these valves. Have been using them for about 3 years now. They have failed once on me and that was because I had neglected to keep it clean. I always use this valve with unions and a ball valve on my returns.
I see others have had problems. As I mentioned the only time this valve failed on my was because of me.
Great quality BUT incredibly loud By Pixel Reef on 9/18/2017Pixel Reef wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have a 1.5" check valve. Valve is built very well, however it makse a loud hammer noise throughout my entire system every time I shut off my reeflo pump . Fish go flying into their hiding place every time and pust to much stress on my plumbing from all the vibration.
Exactly what I wanted, one minor improvement. By TRS on 9/12/2017TRS would recommend this product to a friendThis is exactly what I wanted and works as such. The one improvement would be to make it easier to grasp the plunger for cleaning.
Seems to be seome QC issues with the more recent Valves By William on 8/9/2017William wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI use 6 of these in my system (1x 2”, 3x 1", and 2x 3/4") and four of the six fail to seat at least half of the time, all purchased this year.
Not Reliable By Brent on 7/31/2017Brent wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis valve has failed on me on multiple occasions. Plunger fails to drop and seat resulting in a flooded basement sump room! I keep the valve very clean and it still does not work properly. Going to replace asap. Basement sump has overflowed 3 times!!!!! Poor quality product!
Terrible Product By michael on 7/26/2017michael wouldn't recommend this product to a friendDO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! I purchased this check valve based on the review of one of the BRS videos which stated this was suppose to be the best check valve. I paid $80 for a 1 1/4" check valve. I was sold when I learned you can simply take out the plunger and clean it. Well, I installed it without any unions to my plumbing since it should never leak and only leak when crud builds up on the plunger which can simply be taken out and cleaned. Brand new setup, no crud build up on plunger and it still leaked. I emailed BRS but never received an email back regarding the problem. Save your money and buy one of the cheaper check valves with unions on them. Replace or soak in vinegar when crud builds up on the flapper and it begins to leak. Luckily, my sump is big enough to handle the back flow from the tank. You've been warned!! I would give it negative five stars if I could. For the money I spent, I could have bought two to three true union check valves instead.
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My return is 3/4" flex hosing using a tunze return pump. Can i fit this check valve on my return pump or would I need some extra plumbing parts to make it fit.
Check valves are made for rigid PVC pipe. If you are using flexible tubing then you will need to pick up some barb adapters to convert the fittings from being for rigid PVC to being for flexible tubing. The exact fitting will depend on your plumbing, but it is likely one of the fittings below and a coupler.
Is the check valve sch. 40 PVC because it doesn't look like it? PVC glue?? Does it slip in the pipe or over?
We use regular weld on 711 industrial glue. However standard schedule 40 glue will work fine! The bottom and top of the valve are the same size as a piece of pipe and we recommend using unions to connect in line. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Hello, ive seen a few reviews that state that a 1" check valve is the size of the valve not the OD of the pipe. So in my case if I am using 1" pvc up to my tank I would need a 3/4" check valve or 1" check valve? Please clarify, as i dont want to lower my flow rate.
The Georg Fisher Wye Check Valve sizes have nothing to do with the size of the valve. The sizes are in fact directly related to the size of the PVC fitting they will work with. For example the 3/4" check valve will work with all 3/4" elbows, unions or other items you will glue a standard 3/4" pipe in. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Does this check valve have to be vertical for it to operate properly and can it be horizontal?
This will need to be mounted vertically for the float to trigger. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
How many inches long is the 3/4” wye check valve?
That check valve is about 5.5". Have a great day!
Can the y check valve be mounted upside down but vertical as in the case of a drain?
any upside down check valve will not work as water only flows down the valve. Check valves cannot be used on drain lines. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
The description states these are "Slip x Slip". Wouldn't it be more accurate to say they are "Street x Street" or "Spigot x Spigot"? Each end of it fits INTO a socket (or slip) fitting. It's also I think a good idea to put a slip union on one end and an MPT adapter on the other, for easy removal and/or change of plan for the use of this expensive item.
It is in fact a spigot x spigot fitting. Additionally highly recommended is the use of 2 unions or a union and an MPT adapter. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Thinking 2 returns equals 2 check valves. Is that a correct thought?
That would be the case, unless the two returns come together at the sump and you could put the check valve on before they split.