Does turning on the hot water or using heavy water flow cause your pipes to rattle? Does running the warm or hot water for the tub or sink faucet cause the rattles? How about when you leave the hot water heater on for five minutes only to get a minute of hot water time? These are all indications of serious plumbing issues that need attention as soon as possible.
The most common indicators of a malfunctioning regulator are:
- high/low water pressure
- high/low water flow
- surging water
- banging pipes
- vibrating pipes
- leaking toilet fill valves
- leaking hot water relief valves
- broken pipes and leaking faucets
These symptoms are not always apparent, and they are often linked to other plumbing system problems.
The recommended water pressure in a home is 55 PSI and the state code lists the maximum safe allowable pressure at 80 PSI in any building. Keep these important points in mind: Most faucet, toilet, and water heater manufacturers void their warranties when water pressure exceeds 80 PSI. Also, if you have a home warranty, some warranty companies void your coverage if your home has an excessive PSI level.
LA Metro Plumbers is available to help customers get their pressure levels within appropriate range. Our skilled plumbers have been servicing the Los Angeles area for the past decade, handling the plumbing needs for residential and business buildings of all sizes. Our service maintains 24-7 response reception. This is important to the large majority of our customers,since plumbing leaks and water problems don’t necessarily happen during the most convenient times. LA Metro Plumbers can also deal with both standard water heater hot water systems as well as the new plumbing technology of tankless systems for water heating. They also bring with them a fundamental understanding of how plumbing systems are built, especially when it concerns managing water pressure as water flow adjusted from the city main water supply to the much smaller system inside a hole or building.
For example, abnormal water pressure, a common problem in residential plumbing systems, can typically be found in homes with pipes that are older than 20 or 30 years. Today, many structures have plumbing installed with regulators to control water pressure from getting out of hand, but older buildings and homes did not have such controls. These gauges and valves control the flow so that it doesn’t overwhelm the pipe system in the structure. However, municipal agencies have upgraded their water systems over the years, so the water pressure today is far more than what was in the system 30 years ago. This can create a hazardous combination: faster moving water is being sent to systems that are not equipped to handle them.
Common signs of water regulators beginning to fail tend to be fluctuating water pressure, a significant change in the water flow coming through the plumbing, and if the water is burping and then surging out of a faucet. Let’s not forget the common rattling or vibrating pipes as a sign of too much pressure in the system. Other signs are where water may be leaking out of valves either in toilets, faucets, or pipe connections. A layperson may think it’s really the valve or joint that has a weakness, rather than the fact that the pressure is greater than the valve was designed for, thanks to a regulator failure.
To reiterate, the standard water pressure for a residential plumbing system in a home should be at 55 pounds per square inch, or PSI. The high range safety level is reached when the same plumbing PSI exceeds 80. Beyond this point, many plumbing manufacturers no longer back up the capabilities of their products as the pressure will eventually overcome their valves. If that day should come, it can be a very costly and messy experience for the homeowner. Home builders will also back away from performing any repairs on a house with water pressure exceeding acceptable standards. It is simply too risky.
The more that the water line regulators begin to deteriorate, the less the control aspect is in place. The pressure becomes too great and it pushes its way through into the rest of the building’s plumbing system. Regulator failure can occur due to age or if the unit gets damaged somehow. Oftentimes, leaks won’t be seen until they are big, strong, and expensive to fix, since they are commonly buried behind the walls of the home. Fixing these issues is a whole other ordeal, and a costly one as well. Failure generally requires a replacement of the unit, and the installation of a new part can be a technical affair. This is not a standard do-it-yourself fix. This is when you need the help of a professional.
You do not have to handle these kinds of issues on your own. LA Metro Plumbers is here to help any homeowner or building tenant in the Los Angeles area. Just a quick call will get you the peace of mind you want. LA Metro Plumbers is here to offer their expertise and quality service so that you can flush, wash, and water at ease!
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