Water Pressure Regulator Replacement and Installation
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What Is a Water Pressure Regulator?
A water pressure regulator is a valve that reduces the water pressure coming from the main water line and into your house. It brings down the pressure to a safe level before the water itself reaches any plumbing fixtures inside of your home. Too much water pressure can cause plumbing problems, so it’s important to keep it under control.
Where Is It Located?
If you have one, the regulator is usually located where the main water line comes into the house and after the main shut off valve. It is placed in this strategic location so that if you need to work on it, you can easily shut off the water main.
How Does It Work?
Inside the water pressure regulator, an adjustable spring-loaded diaphragm reduces the pressure of water in the line within the valve body. Water coming into the valve is then restricted and released at reduced pressure.
Do I Need a Water Pressure Regulator?
When a Pressure Regulator Goes Bad
Let’s face it; all plumbing fixtures and valves will go bad at some point. Water pressure regulators are no exception. If you notice any type of water hammering, more water pressure, less pressure, or other inconsistencies in the water pressure, it may be a sign that the regulator is not working properly. This could be due to improper installation, old age, or even breaks.
Test your water pressure at least once a year to determine whether or not it is working properly. Remember, too much water pressure will add more work to the plumbing system and cause toilets to run and faucets to drip. In extreme cases, it can also burst a pipe and flood your house.
Installation and Replacement
Installing a new regulator is difficult because it requires adjustments to the main water line. This could mean reworking the main water shutoff valve to allow room for the regulator. Call the plumbers at Alpine Plumbing and Rooter to help with any new installations or replacements.
We’re here to answer any and all of your questions when it comes to water pressure regulators. We know that not many homeowners have heard of them and don’t know whether they have one or need one, so give us a call today, and we can help you get the job done.