A pressure regulator is a device that controls the pressure of a fluid passing through it. This is an essential piece of equipment for your home, as it ensures that water pressure is maintained at a consistent level, regardless of how many appliances are turned on simultaneously. Without a pressure regulator, your home’s water pressure could vary wildly, potentially damaging your appliances and even causing pipe bursts. Here’s what you need to know about pressure regulators and why you should have one for your home.
How do Pressure Regulators work?
Pressure regulators work by controlling the flow of fluid through a pipe or system. Restricting the amount of fluid that can pass through the regulator at any given time, helps to keep pressure levels consistent, even if multiple appliances are turned on simultaneously. This is essential for preventing damage to your home’s plumbing system and for ensuring that your appliances always have a steady supply of water.
There are two types of pressure regulators: direct-acting and indirect-acting. Direct-acting regulators, also known as self-contained pressure regulators, are the most common type. These regulators have a diaphragm that is directly connected to the valve seat, meaning that they can respond quickly to changes in pressure.
Indirect acting regulators, on the other hand, have a diaphragm that is not directly connected to the valve seat. These regulators are less responsive to changes in pressure but are better suited for applications where a constant flow of fluid is required.
Why You Need a Pressure Regulator
As we mentioned above, a pressure regulator is essential for keeping your home’s water pressure at a consistent level. This is important for preventing damage to your appliances and plumbing system, as well as for ensuring that your appliances always have a steady supply of water.
A pressure regulator can also help to save you money on your water bill. by ensuring that water pressure is maintained at a consistent level, you can avoid wasting water through leaks or bursts.
If you’re not sure whether or not you need a pressure regulator for your home, it’s always best to consult with a professional. A licensed plumber will be able to assess your home’s needs and recommend the best course of action.
M & Y Home Services & Plumbing is a licensed plumbing contractor serving Woodbridge, VA, and the surrounding area. We offer a wide range of services, including pressure regulator installation and services. Contact us today at 703-225-9975 to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.