Burst pipes, wrecked appliances, and a flooded basement are just some of the potential risks you can encounter if the water pressure in your property is too high. To avoid this, it’s crucial to have an expert inspect your pressure regulator and ensure it’s functioning properly. Call About Plumbing Inc. to schedule an appointment with our trustworthy technicians to have your water pressure checked at your Arnold, MO home. We use the latest technology and can fix every plumbing problem!
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Maintenance Tasks To Perform On Your Pressure Regulator
When making the list of items to maintain around your house, we doubt your pressure regulator is on there. However, it is essential to keep this unit functioning properly to avoid larger problems on your property. Some tasks you should have a technician perform include:
- Check the pilot system for leaks or cracks.
- Make sure the fittings in the pilot system are tight.
- Ensure there is no air in the pilot system. If there is, it needs to be bled out.
- Check and clean the strainer screen.
- Make sure the fittings are not blocked.
- Test the main valve diaphragm to ensure the water stops flowing when the valve is open.
- Ensure there is no water dripping from the pilot diaphragm.
Risks Too Much Water Pressure Can Cause
While you might complain that you have too low of water pressure -- especially when showering -- there are also major risks you can encounter if you have too high of water pressure. Some potential risks you may experience are:
- Broken or burst pipes
- Damages to appliances
- Running toilets
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Key Differences Between Direct-Acting and Pilot-Operated Valves
You need functioning regulator valves in order to ensure the right amount of pressure is going into your piping system - without risking too high of pressure. Two types of valves are direct-acting valves and pilot-operated valves.
Direct-acting valves are the simpler of the two valves. They respond directly to variations in downstream pressure to provide the right flow and pressure. Pilot-operated valves are more responsive to condition changes. They can provide more accurate sensing of the pressure and act as a second regulator - improving sensitivity and accuracy.