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This week one of my plumbing calls in the Carmel Valley San Diego community involved several problems. One of the problems at this home had to do with the water pressure regulator. Many home owners do not know the importance of a water pressure regulator.
In this particular home they had a bad pressure regulator, resulting in very low water volume going to the second floor. When the water wasn’t in use, the water pressure inside the house was 115 PSI (pounds per square inch). Water pressure should not be above 80 PSI.
When I install a pressure regulator I set it to 50 PSI. Which is more than enough pressure. Having a pressure reading higher than 80 PSI, could result in faster wear of your water piping, faucets, tub and shower valves, etc. Another good reason to have a water pressure regulator is that if the city shuts off the water for any reason, when they turn it back on, you can get a water surge of over 200 PSI. This can result in a water leak inside your home.
Keep in mind, water pressure regulators should be replaced every 8 to 10 years. To check to see if your home has a water pressure regulator, look for one outside or in the garage as pictured here.
If you do happen to run into a problem, LGE Prime Plumbing The Carmel Valley Plumber, is dedicated to providing plumbing, drain cleaning, install & repairs for all Carmel Valley Residents and San Diego County.
Luis Espana is a current Carmel Valley resident and the proud business-owner of LGE Prime Plumbing. Born and raised in San Diego, Luis knew early on he was going to be a plumber. What he did not know was that his work was going to centered in one of the most community enriched areas in San Diego. This was the only location that he would come to decide was the best place to live and work for his family. Luis comes to share his experiences and tips for the local San Diego Carmel Valley residents.