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Water Pressure

Curl Curl Administration Admin Login - Wednesday, November 06, 2013

High Water Pressure

It is recommended to install a pressure regulator at the water meter to control the pressure. The benefits when you install a Pressure Regulator far out way any initial cost.

-       Saves water

-       Relieves water Hammer

-       Toilet valve last longer

-       Tap valve last longer

-       Mixer taps last longer

High water pressure is a major cause of leaks, pipe damage, and wasted water.

While some might consider high water pressure a good thing, water pressure that is too high can cause annoying and expensive damage. The recommended requirement for water pressure in the home is 500kpa and if building a new home now this would be the set requirement.

The most common source of excessive water pressure is the municipal water supplier. The water company sets the pressure to meet their own needs, such as delivering water to fire hydrants, high elevation buildings, and other reasons.

Symptoms of water pressure induced problems include leaks in multiple fixtures in the home, leaks that only appear intermittently - like at night, and toilets running occasionally without being used.

It's also important to understand that water is a dynamic fluid with mass. When it is stopped suddenly, the mass of the water has a "hammer" effect that greatly increases the force of the water over that of its static pressure. Just like a 1 pound hammer exerts a much greater force when it comes to a sudden stop at the top of a nail; the force of the water hammer effect may cause pipe joints to break, valves to leak, and over time and repeated occurrences, parts to succumb to the force of the water.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is a phrase often used to describe a low flow situation, where one or more fixtures in a home do not provide adequate water flow. There is a relation between pressure and flow, but it is possible to have adequate water pressure but still have low flow out of one or more fixtures

If every fixture in the house has low water pressure, the cause may be corroded piping, a restriction of the line due to a failed pressure relief valve (PRV) or backflow preventer, low municipal water flow or a valve partially closed.

Call us to have one of our experienced technicians come and have your home flowing right for you!

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