A water pressure regulating valve is one of the most important pieces of plumbing equipment in your home, perhaps even the most important. A water pressure regulating valve is the “high blood pressure” cure for your water piping system. High water pressure is dangerous to your home and plumbing system!
To protect your home, The Uniform Plumbing Code section 608.2 mandates “Where local static water pressure is in excess of eighty (80) pounds per square inch, an approved type pressure regulator shall be installed and the pressure reduced to eighty (80) pounds per square inch or less.”
Excessive water pressure could result in the following problems:
- Broken or burst pipes, resulting in flooding.
- Damage to your washing machine, dishwasher, icemaker, water dispenser, water softener or hot water heater.
- Running toilets, wasting hundreds of gallons of water.
- Excessive faucet washer wear and premature failure.
- Faucets hard to turn off.
- “Water Hammer” (Banging pipe sounds).
- Leaking sprinkler valves.
- Single control faucets leaking at the handle and / or hard to shut off.
- Continual sounds of running water.
- High water & gas bills.