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You May Need a Water Pressure Regulator

High water pressure in your home may sound like it’s a ­positive thing. After all, if the water pressure is too low, it makes it harder to clean dishes in the kitchen or take a decent shower. But what you really want in your house is balanced water pressure, around 80 psi (pounds per square inch). If the water pressure is higher than this, you’ll run into trouble with your plumbing leading to expensive repairs.

But there’s a remedy: a water pressure regulator.

What Is a Water Pressure Regulator?

It’s a device attached to the main water line that lowers the water pressure inside a home if the water pressure coming from the public supply is too high. High water pressure can be a serious issue in a home because it creates water-wasting dripping faucets, causes leaks in pipes, and isn’t good for appliances.  If issues with leaks and dripping faucets are common in your house, high water pressure may be at fault—and a water pressure regulator is the best way to fix it. Plumbers can test your water pressure and then recommend whether you need to have a regulator installed.

Why Is the Water Pressure So High in the First Place?

Local water companies set the water pressure for their own needs, which includes water for tall commercial buildings and fire hydrants. The maximum water pressure in a house should be about 80 psi, but water companies often put their water pressure above 100 psi, or even 150 psi!

Can I Purchase and Install a Water Pressure Regulator Myself?

We strongly recommend that you don’t try this as a DIY project. If a water pressure regulator is incorrectly installed, it can end up creating worse problems, such as water hammer that places stress on the pipes. You can trust to a professional plumber to find the right type of regulator for your home and have it installed so that it works the way it should.

Are you concerned about high water pressure in your house in Rancho Cucamonga, CA? Just call on Sweetwater Plumbing!

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