Water pressure. It’s not something we typically notice unless it’s something we’re lacking. So when it comes to water pressure regulators – should you care? We’ll give you the lowdown.
WHAT IS IT?
A water pressure regulator is a device that attaches to the water line in order to lower the water pressure inside a home if the water pressure coming from the public supply is too high.
WHY WOULD I NEED ONE?
High water pressure can actually be a serious issue because it creates water-wasting dripping faucets. This dripping can eventually lead to leaks in pipes and unneeded wear and tear on your appliances. If issues with leaks and dripping faucets are common in your house, high water pressure may be at fault. Give your local Dauenhauer a call to have them test your water pressure and then recommend whether you need a regulator installed.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You want specifics? We have specifics. An adjustable diaphragm is spring-loaded to restrict water flow as needed and lower the psi. As water enters the valve, it is constricted and comes back out at a lower pressure that is safe for the plumbing fixtures in the home. Typically, you can find this valve where the water line meets the home.
CAN I INSTALL A WATER PRESSURE REGULATOR MYSELF?
We highly recommend that you don’t. This isn’t a typical DIY project, and if installed incorrectly it can end up creating serious problems such as damaged pipes, ruined appliances and flooding.
Have any other questions about water pressure regulators? We have an easy answer. Call your local Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.