A water pressure regulator is a plumbing device that reduces the water pressure coming from the main water line into the house. This valve brings down the pressure to a safe level before the water reaches any plumbing fixtures inside the home. Too much water pressure will cause many plumbing problems. If you imagine sending a fire hose through your pipes and into your toilet or kitchen sink, you can understand why water pressure regulation is so important for your home.
Benefits of Water Pressure Regulators
Save Water – The higher the water pressure is in your home, the greater the amount of water that is coming out from your bathroom fixtures.
Save Energy – The less water flowing through the system, the less energy is required to heat it.
Save Maintenance – Water flowing at a highly pressurized rate can be wasteful, but also damaging to your fixtures.
Who Needs a Water Pressure Regulator?
Knowing that being able to regulate your water pressure is vital to proper plumbing function, you may be surprised to learn that not every home has one. If you aren’t sure, you can look for it near the main water line for the home and after the main water shut-off valve. Testing your water pressure is a good way to know if you need one. If the pressure is consistently between 45-75 psi, you have proper water pressure.
If you have an existing pressure regulator, it’s still important to monitor your water pressure because even the best water pressure regulator will go bad after some time. If you notice that the water pressure has changed or becomes inconsistent, it’s a good time to test your water pressure. Replacing an old water pressure regulator is key to avoiding things like leaking fixtures or a burst pipe.
Contact Green’s Plumbing at (818) 880-8847 to test your water pressure. Our knowledgeable and experienced plumbing experts are highly-trained to inspect, repair or install water pressure regulators.