Do You Need a Water Pressure Regulator?

water pressure regulatorYou can’t get a good-quality shower when the water pressure is too low. The same applies for washing dishes or even just washing your hands. However, could the water pressure be too high? Yes, it could. In fact, excessively high pressure can damage the pipes. This is why you may require a water pressure regulator.

What Is a Water Pressure Regulator?

As you can probably infer from its name, a water pressure regulator keeps the water pressure in check. More specifically, it keeps the pressure from reaching dangerously high levels.

The water that your faucet emits originates from the municipal supply line. The pressure from this main source is very high. If you receive the same level of pressure day in and out, the home pipes may eventually rupture. A water pressure regulator lowers the pressure as the water reaches your residential pipes.

Where Is It Located?

If you have a regulator already installed, you will find it just past the main shutoff valve. If you feel the water pressure is incorrect, just give the valve a turn in one direction or the other.

If you don’t have a regulator, then you can find one at your local hardware store. A residential plumber can install it for you.

Not sure if you need one? Do this simple test. Buy an inexpensive pressure gauge at your local Lowes or Home Depot. Screw it onto any hose bib and turn on the water. If the meter yields a reading past 60 psi, then you need a regulator.

We Install and Test Regulators

Our emergency plumbers often repair ruptured pipes. Often, the damage is due to extremely high H2O pressure. Our deals and discounts may cover this depending on the scope of the work. Call South County Plumbing for water pressure regulator installation or repairs.

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