Did you know that the water that comes into your home is regulated? Now for many of us, that fact might be a no-brainer but for others, they had no clue. Your water pressure regulator controls the water that reaches your faucets and showers. The water pressure whether too high or too low can create problems for any home. A typical water pressure regulator to a house is 40 to 45 psi. When the regulator is ready for installation, it’s generally preset to 50 psi and should never exceed 60 psi.
Your Water Pressure Regulator Will Provide A Safe PSI
As some might think high water pressure is a luxury, not so. High water pressure can induce leaks, cause your toilet to run and cause noisy pipes. Your water pressure valve can bring your water pressure down to a safe level. The regulator usually located where the waters supplied to the house. Your water shut off valve is just after the regulator making it easy to replace. A spring-loaded diaphragm inside the regulator causes the water to restrict and contract by adjusting the screw at the top of the water pressure can be adjusted.
High Water Pressure Can Put A Strain On Your Plumbing
Like all appliances, fixtures and even pipes, water pressure regulators will eventually break down over time. The life expectancy of a water regulator is 10 to 15 years, but plumbing professionals suggest changing it once every five years. The most common results of a bad water regulator are low or high water pressure. Running a pressure test can determine if your water pressure is too high or low. Too much water pressure can put a strain on our plumbing while low water pressure will cause our faucets and showers to underperform.
Can A Do-It-Yourselfer Change A Water Pressure Regulator?
The most asked question is, “Can a do-it-yourselfer install a water pressure regulator?” The answer is yes, but it is not advisable. When a customer asks if they can do a plumbing job themselves, we have six evaluators:
- Do you have the time?
- Do you have the tools?
- Is it safe for you and your family?
- Do you have the experience?
- Will you put your home at risk with a more significant problem?
- Your work will not come with a GUARANTEE!
Unlike a clearing, a small drain or even installing a bathroom faucet, replacing a water pressure regulator should be completed by a plumbing professional. Big B’s Plumbing is an A+ rated plumbing company by the Better Business Bureau. Our contractor’s license is #986152. We’re licensed insured and bonded.