Whenever you use any water inside your home, it is delivered through the pipe network by your local water company using water pressure. Water pressure is vital to ensure that whenever you turn on the water, it is forced through the faucet, showerhead or appliance supply line for proper function.
The Impact of Water Pressure:
The pressure used to force water through your pipes is measured in pound force per square inch or PSI. Depending on your geographic location, the water pressure can vary, and the pressure can also vary to your specific neighborhood or home. Water pressure is not an exact science, and if you were to call your local water company, they might not be able to tell you your water pressure measurement. What is known is that temperature changes and other local conditions can affect your PSI. This fact is significant as if your water pressure increases and exceeds 80 PSI, it could cause additional wear and tear on your plumbing system and appliances. You may even find that your appliance warranties are voided just because the water pressure in your home is too high.
What is a Pressure Regulator Valve?
This is where a pressure regulator valve becomes important. This type of valve regulates the rate of water flow into your home, reducing the pressure if it exceeds 60 PSI. This rate is generally considered to be the approved rate for domestic or light commercial use. It is only in cases of heavy duty commercial operations that greater than 60 PSI water pressure would be necessary.
Do You Need a Pressure Regulation Valve?
If you have not noticed any adverse effects, you wonder if it is worth going to the expense of having a plumbing professional install a pressure regulation valve in your home. While most domestic pipes can comfortably support a water pressure of up to 80 PSI, if the pressure goes beyond this, you could be in for some serious plumbing
If you need further convincing, you should be aware that installing a pressure regulation valve will protect your system from suffering excessive wear and tear. High pressure can take a toll on pipes and fixtures, particularly faucets and showerheads. The added pressure increases the chances that these components will fail, prompting the need for early replacement. Installing a pressure regulation valve will not only allow you to avoid this additional cost, but it will also spare you the hassle of needing to arrange the replacement.
Another benefit of installing a pressure regulation valve is that it can reduce the risk of a burst pipe. Consistent high pressure increases the risk of a pipe breach, particularly in the colder winter months. Frozen water expands inside the pipe, and when the water is under high pressure, it can literally tear the pipe apart. This not only puts your home at risk of flooding, but could also leave you with a very costly repair.
Finally, regulating your water pressure can also save water. When water is under high pressure, there is a greater flow out of your faucets. This will mean that you are more likely to waste water, which is not eco friendly and will drive up the cost of your monthly bills.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solutions.