Pressure Reducing Valves in San Antonio :
Pressure reducing valves have become a big part of plumbing in San Antonio. The Texas plumbing code requires water pressure to be below 80 psi. In some parts of San Antonio the water pressure can be over 100 psi.
Having high pressure can cause all sorts of problems in a plumbing system. High pressure can cause faucets to start leaking, shower valves to start dripping, water heaters to fail prematurely, and water softener tanks to rupture. Most manufactures will not warranty problems due to high water pressure. So having a San Antonio Plumber install a PRV in your home can save you money on all kind of plumbing issues.
Most new San Antonio homes come with pressure reducing valves, but the older homes don’t. As the San Antonio area grows the water suppliers increase the pressure to accommodate for the amount of area they have to supply water to.
When you install a pressure reducing valve in your home you also have to make sure you have a thermal expansion. A thermal expansion tank allows for the expiation of water in your water heater when it heats up. After installing a pressure reducing valve you have created a “closed system.” This means the water is trapped and can not go back into the city water supply.
When water is heated it expands and that expanded water has to go somewhere. If the water has nowhere to go your pipes and your water heater will expand and contract with the water pressure fluctuations. This can cause all kinds of plumbing problems in your home.