How important is a water pressure regulator for your home? Very! Most of us don’t like the idea of being “regulated.” We like the idea of being left alone to do what we do, but the water pressure coming into your home needs to lower before it flows throughout your home and appliances. If it is too high, it actually can cause you to have many problems throughout your home and can damage things such as your water heater, cause pipes and faucets to leak, and can cause erosion in many areas. It is also causes higher energy, water and waste bills.
So, what is acceptable water pressure? The goal of a water pressure regulator is to maintain the pressure in your home to around 50 psi, which is considered safe, but still a satisfactory level of pressure. There are many homes that do not have regulators or have regulators that are broken and in those homes the force in the water flowing through the home could be as high as 140 to 160 psi. That is very high and will cause problems you do not want to have. If your pipes are banging as water is flowing through them, you most definitely have a problem with your regulator.
It can be difficult for people who do not currently have a regulator on their home to have one added because they are afraid they will end up with no pressure at all. While true, they will not be receiving a free massage with their shower, there will still be plenty of pressure to do all the things you need to do without damaging your pipes, faucets and appliances with too much force shooting through them at one time.
If your pipes are banging when you run your water or you are constantly dealing with leaks around your faucets, call Carmine’s for an appointment at 203-791-8089. The real problem may be a water pressure regulator.