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What is a Pressure Reducing Valve

December 16, 2020 | Blog

It’s probably not something that you’ve thought about, but does your home have a water pressure reducing valve? If not, it may be time to get one. We’re going to discuss all aspects of a pressure reducing valve (or water pressure regulator) and why you need one.

What is a pressure reducing valve?

A water pressure reducing valve is a plumbing valve used to automatically reduce the pressure of incoming water to your home. This special valve can help to increase the life of your home’s plumbing and fixtures.

How does a pressure reducing valve work?

Within the pressure reducing valve is a spring-loaded diaphragm that automatically adjusts to the incoming water pressure. Depending on the water pressure, it widens or narrows to get the water to the right pressure before entering the house. Imagine you have a running garden hose. Depending on how you cover the end of the hose, water comes out fast or slowly. A water regulator works in a similar concept.

Who needs a pressure reducing valve?

Anyone can have a pressure reducing valve, but if you want to determine your need, test your water using a water pressure regulator. Those who most typically need one are people whose homes run on well water or live in remote areas. This is due to there not being any or some regulation on their local water supply.

What is a good water pressure for a house?

The water pressure in your home should be between 60-80 PSI. This has been determined as the best pressure for your home to reduce stress on plumbing and fixtures.

Does having a pressure reducing valve help save water?

Water pressure reducing valves does in fact help save water, especially if you had high water pressure before. By reducing the amount of water entering your home, you are wasting less water and saving on your bills as a result.

Pressure reducing valve maintenance and the signs you need it

Water regulators, like most plumbing, require maintenance. Signs that you might need to check your regulator include a hammering sound or inconsistent water pressure. Test the pressure of the water coming out of the regulator to see if it is consistent. If it isn’t, then you may need to replace it.

If you think you may need a water pressure reducing valve installation, then contact the professionals at Parker & Sons Plumbing. We are the best source for Boerne water pressure services and any other plumbing services you may need!

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