Residential and commercial appliances (such as faucets, toilets, dishwashers and water heaters) all require adequate water pressure to function properly. If the water pressure is too high then it can cause leaks and breaks in your plumbing system, not to mention the damage that one of these leaks or breaks can leave behind.
If the water pressure is too low then your showers, dishwashers, and other fixtures may not perform properly. Water pressure regulators are mechanical devices typically installed on the cold water main line supply to the structure . These devices are typically adjustable to suit the needs of a certain demand, but are usually installed to reduce high water pressures delivered to homes and buildings by your local water municipality. The California code states that any water supply pressure delivered to residential or commercial dwelling exceeding 80 PSI (pounds per square inch) will require a water pressure reducing device (water pressure regulator). These devices are typically preset by the manufacturer anywhere from 50 PSI to 55 PSI which is the optimal operating pressure for typical plumbing fixtures. Most all plumbing fixtures and appliances are made to operate under 80 PSI. If your water pressure is in excess of 80 PSI , there is a chance the pressure will void the warranties of your fixtures and appliances.
If a pipe happened to break and your insurance company sent a plumber to check for damages and causes, then discovered that excessive water pressure was to blame, your claim could be denied. Water pressure should be checked at least once a year. Typical warranties from manufacturers are 1 YEAR, although if your water supply system is properly maintained than it is possible to get multiple years of use out of you water pressure regulator.
As a free service to all our customers, Roberts Plumbing will come check the pressure to your house absolutely free of charge. You have nothing to lose, call Roberts Plumbing today: (818) 298 – 1344.