Good water pressure is something most homeowners take for granted, but there’s nothing worse than coming home from a hard day’s work only to be met by a flood due to extremely highwater pressure.
Excessively high pressure is the most common source of stress and frustration, from leaky joints to burst water pipes, water damage can occur at any time. No worries, our expert plumbers have the knowledge and experience to identify high pressure problems, and are prepared to make the necessary repairs bringing your homes water pressure down to safe levels without additional stress.
One way to think of high water pressure is to compare it to blood pressure. High blood pressure puts a strain on heart muscles while damaging arteries and increasing the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Similarly, high water pressure excessively strains the pipes and joints and creates leaks in shower valves, faucets, and other appliances like washing machines, ice makers, and dishwashers, all potential causes for floods.
Many factors influence water pressure going into your home, however, a safe water pressure range is between 45 and 80 psi. Anything below 40 psi is considered low and anything above 80 psi is considered dangerous.
It’s critical that water pressure be kept at safe levels, because although low water pressure is more of a nuisance than a serious problem, like washing machines having minimum pressure requirements, high water pressure significantly increases the risk for flood damage and compromised plumbing fixtures.
Controlling highwater pressure that enters a home or business is possible by installing a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV), better known as a Pressure Regulator. Pressure regulators do exactly what it says, regulates pressure, which is a requirement by most city code ordinances for water pressure over 80 psi.
A residence being served by a regulator and that has a water heater installed; it’s necessary that a Thermal Expansion Tank be added to control thermal expansion within the water system.
Because regulators have an internal check valve that allows water to flow only one way, it prevents thermal expansion caused by the mixture of hot and cold water from dissipating back into the city main. Without an expansion tank, pressure will build throughout the home’s plumbing system potentially leading to pipe and fixture damage.
Remember, we never charge extra for holidays or weekends. So, if your experiencing highwater pressure, call now 323-610-2812 to speak to one of our friendly representatives and schedule your appointment today for a FREE estimate!
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