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What is a strainer valve?

A strainer valve is a pipe fitting that liquid flows through to clean, filter, or separate it from solids. It can also be anything that is used to strain a liquid, or any device that works like a sieve or filter to keep solids from mixing with a liquid stream or flow line. Strainers stop things like scale, rust, jointing compound, and weld metal from getting into pipelines. This protects equipment and processes from damage caused by these things and cuts down on maintenance and downtime.

Different kinds of strainer valves.

Based on how their bodies are made, strainers can be divided into two main types:

Strainer of Type Y

A Y StraiThe strainer gets its name from the way it is set up. It is most often used in gas or liquid lines that are under pressure. They can also be used when there is suction or a vacuum. Y-Strainers are made for situations where there will be only a small amount of solid particles and they won’t be cleaned out very often. If solids can be easily flushed through the screen and fluid can be released into the air, a blow-down valve on the drain port will let you clean the screen without taking it off or stopping the process.

A Y-Strainer is useful because it can be put in place either horizontally or vertically. In both cases, it’s clear that the screening element must be on the bottom of the strainer body so that it can catch the material that gets caught.

GMK Y Type Strainer

To filter steam, gas, or liquid, Y strainers use a straining device typically made of wire mesh. This mechanical process, when applied to pipelines, protects the pumps and steam traps from damage. A ‘blow-off valve’ may make it easier to clean a Y strainer after use. One of the best features of a Y-type strainer is its flexibility. Mounting may be done either vertically or horizontally. Although the initial investment in this strainer type is manageable, more cost reductions may be achieved by reducing the strainer size. In addition to reducing trash, this also saves resources.

In terms of construction, Y strainers may be made from a variety of different materials. The material you choose needs to be based on its industry and purpose. In addition, you may easily access any terminal you need. You may get a Y strainer with either a socket or a flange on one end. It appears that with Y strainers, there is no limit to the degree of customization that can be applied. While this strategy shows promise, its success is contingent on the Y strainer being well-suited to the job at hand.

T-Type or Basket Type Strainer:

The chamber of a Valve T-type, Basket-type, or Pot-type strainer is usually bigger than that of a Y-type strainer because it is vertical. The pressure drop across a basket strainer is smaller than that across a Y-type strainer because it has a larger free-straining area. For licorice strainings, this makes the basket-type strainer the best basket-type because it can hold more dirt than Y-type strainers, the basket-type strainer is also used on steam pipes with a bigger diameter.

T-Type strainer valve by GMK

T-type strainers often called tub filtration equipment are permanent strainers utilized in 2″ and larger lines. They may be welded or flanged to the piping system they are put on. The GMK T Type strainer is a sophisticated filter made to order to filter out unwanted debris from a pipeline. When a high nominal bore straining standard is required, GMK T-Type Strainers might be a cost-effective choice. They may be made to fit in either vertical or horizontal pipes, making them versatile for a variety of installation options. We pay close attention to our customers’ needs and pride ourselves on the high quality of our valves.

Basket strainers:

These can only be put in horizontal pipes, and the bottom of bigger, heavier basket strainers needs to be supported.

For servicing a basket strainer, the cover can be taken off so that technicians can get right to the filtering element if it needs to be changed (due to accumulated debris). When basket-style strainers are used on steam systems, a lot of condensates can be made. So, strainers made for steam systems usually have a drain plug that can be connected to a steam trap to get rid of the condensate.

GMK Basket Strainer features:


  1. CS may operate between -30 and 380 degrees Celsus, and SS between -80 and 450 degrees Celsius.
  2. Range of Useful Pressure (in Mpa): 0.6 to 5.0
  3. Asbestos, NBand R, PTEF, and Graphite+Stainless Steel are all viable options for seal materials.
  4. Stainless steel is used for the strainer’s elements.
  5. Spanning 18 to 480 meshes eyeballs, depending on the client’s needs.

Material for Strainer Valves

Most of the time, cast iron, bronze, carbon steel, stainless steel, and plastic are used to make the bodies of Y-type strainers and Basket strainers.

Cast iron is the most common material for strainer bodies because it is cheap to buy. It is used in systems where the water pressure and temperature aren’t too high and where there aren’t a lot of thermal or mechanical shocks. Cast iron is mostly used for bigger potable water lines and many systems that don’t use potable water. It is also used in a wide range of other products and processes.

For use in brackish, salty, and seawater, bronze is the best choice. It is often used to get water that can be drunk. It costs twice as much as cast iron.

Carbon steel is used in places where there are high temperatures and pressures and where the material needs to be resistant to thermal and mechanical shocks. When there is a risk of fire, carbon steel is the best material for parts.

What’s the deal with GMK?

You can get the best strainer valve from GMK. Check how the Bronze Y strainer valve is made.

Bronze Y Strainer Valve

The valve is small and has a Y-shaped shape. The Y strainer is a type of strainer valve that removes particles from fluids like water, steam, or gas. It looks like the letter “Y,” which is where its name comes from. Using a filter element made of mesh, perforated metal, or a wedge wire straining element can make this mechanical straining method easier.


  1. The Bronze Y Strainer Valve is made in a way that meets all international standards because it is a high-quality valve. • One of its bestselling points is that it can stop leaks better than other valves.
  2. Simple steps can be taken to use the valve. It follows the idea of minimalist design, which is to use straight lines and clean shapes.
  3. During installation, the Bronze Y Strainer Valve can be set up either horizontally or vertically. It’s not just about being flexible.
  4. It costs less because it is small, which also makes it easier to carry.
  5. It can take more pressure than before.
  6. Our Bronze Y Strainer Valve can help you save money if you buy it.


  1. Manual, Gear, Electric, Pneumatic, or Hydraulic operation is an option.
  2. Operative temperature: -196 °C to 980 °C (-320.8 °F to 1796 °F)

Strainer Buying Guide

  1. Understanding the system and the types of pollutants to be filtered out is crucial for deciding on the ideal industrial strainer. Industrial strainers trap particles from.500 inches to 325 mesh (44 microns). 0.250 inches to 200 mesh is typical.
  2. Industrial strainers should catch bigger particles than downstream devices. Too fine a tension might create service and maintenance issues and early medium fouling. If this happens, the cleaning process may become too laborious, and it may also restrict the flow to subsequent devices.
  3. Process design engineers determine straining. Process flow engineers and equipment manufacturers advise on these selections. The industrial strainer is straightforward to operate and requires little maintenance.


Strainer valves are pieces of plumbing equipment that remove debris from the pipes. Strainers are important for the health and safety of the system they are used in and can be used for many different things. These valves make sure that equipment like pumps, water meters, and control valves work well and last a long time. The valves on these pipes are easy to clean. If you are looking for a strainer valve you must visit GMK.