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Why Do I Need a Pressure Reducing Valve?

Installed shower head“I can’t stand how high the water pressure is in my home!” – said no one, ever. The majority of our customers that contact us regarding the water pressure in their home complain that it’s too low. It’s very common to want as much pressure as your faucet can put out, and it’s also very achievable! Why would you want to install a pressure reducing valve (PRV) in your home? Glad you asked! Here are some reasons

Help Your Home Appliances

I’m sure you know that replacing your home appliances – regardless of if it’s your water heater or dishwasher – isn’t cheap. In my home, I have been bugging my husband for months to let me replace the dishwasher. If we’re going to spend that type of money, I want to ensure that I’m doing everything I can to protect my investment and avoid having to replace expensive appliance parts. I’ve learned that if the water pressure in my home is too high, the pressure can and will put stress on my new dishwasher, which can lead to frequent appliance repairs. If my water pressure is too high, the life expectancy of my new dishwasher could possibly diminish exponentially.

Plumbing Fixtures Feel the Pressure

Finding the right water pressure for your shower is tricky, I get it. Some people want to take a shower in which the water acts like a sand blaster while other people want a nice relaxing shower that wakes them up or winds them down. The one thing we can all agree on is that we don’t want to take a shower under a small trickle of water. The trick is to find the right balance between your water pressure and your wallet. Again, I’ve been bugging the husband to let me change out some faucets and shower heads that I no longer particularly care for. I really don’t want to have to continuously replace them because the water pressure diminished the life of the fixtures. However, that’s what can happen if the water pressure in your home is off balance. You may replace a fixture thinking the low water pressure is due to the fixture being defective or you may replace the fixture due to the water pressure being too high to handle. With a pressure reducing valve, you can have comfortable water pressure that all of your fixtures can handle. In addition to reducing your pressure and saving your fixtures, a pressure reducing valve can also help you save some water which means saving money. Who doesn’t want that?

Home Plumbing Supply Lines

Suppose your city is looking to replace main water lines that will increase the water pressure from 40psi to 110psi (by the way, if this ever happens, that pressure is way too high! Be sure to note what the city is advising when and/or if they ever replace the main water lines to your home.) Have you ever folded over a water line to let the water pressure build up and then sprayed the water at a friend? If so, you can imagine what the increased pressure could do to the supply lines in your home if high water pressure is not addressed. Also, did you know that the most common cause of catostrophic water damage in your home is related to water supply lines failing? If you have high water pressure in your lines, supply lines may fail which could lead you to having a disaster on your hands. Installing a pressure reducing valve to your home can help you to avoid these types of disasters from occuring.

Most people think they know whether their water pressure is too high, too low, or just right. However, it’s not a bad idea to have one of our plumbers check it to discuss with you the need of a pressure reducing valve. If anything, give yourself the peace of mind in knowing that you are doing everything you can to protect your home and everything in it. To schedule an appointment or discuss any questions or concerns you may have, you can reach out to us at 972-562-4444 or via email at info@medlocservices.com. Until next time, have a great week!

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