Do You Know What Protects Your Plumbing From The City Water?
High water pressure can destroy your plumbing and low water pressure can cause your pipes to clog. Maintaining proper water pressure is crucial to your home's health. In this episode, we’re talking about the tool that helps regulate your water pressure to protect your plumbing system.
That tool is your pressure-reducing valve or PRV. Also known as a pressure-regulating valve, it’s there to keep the water in your home at a pressure that your plumbing fixtures can handle. Manufacturers of your fixtures design them to handle a certain pressure and they can fail if it’s too high.
Your PRV takes the water coming in from the city and reduces it to the right level for your home. That helps keep your faucets from leaking and releases the water at an even speed. In fact, it helps your whole system last longer by taking the beating from high-pressure city water and sediment.
Your PRV is designed to last for around 10 years, though it can fail earlier for several reasons. That’s why it’s a good idea to check the pressure every year in case it starts to seize up. Also, if you see water shoot out fast when first opening a faucet, then the flow slows a little, you might want to test your water pressure. We go over how to do that in the video.
If you’re dealing with any of the symptoms we discuss in the video, Any Hour Services would be happy to help. One of our licensed plumbers can come to test your water pressure and verify if your PRV needs to go. Then they can work with you to find the best solution for you and your home. You can give us a call or schedule an appointment online.
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Author: Nathanael Stuver
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Feb 24th 2023