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Why Does My Plumbing Need A Water Pressure Regulator?

Most of the time, we want high water pressure. Showers are terrible and excessively lengthy when the water pressure is low, and it’s also difficult to rinse dishes or even fill up a bucket of water. So why is your home outfitted with a water pressure regulator when, for the most part, we would prefer the option of high water pressure when we need it?

Why You Need a Water Pressure Regulator

Water pressure regulators are necessary because they can protect your home’s plumbing components from damage. The city’s water main may be at a much, much higher pressure than you would expect. Without any regulation on your water lines, the unregulated water pressure would damage your dishwasher, faucet, and other expensive plumbing fixtures.

Additionally, water pressure regulators help you to save some money and conserve water. A spring-loaded diaphragm restricts water as it enters your home’s plumbing and moves water back out

Water Pressure Regulators Can Be Adjusted

After a pressure regulator is installed, the pressure settings can still be adjusted. If you feel you do not have enough water pressure, it may only be that you need to adjust the pressure regulator settings. However, if this is something that has happened gradually over time, it could signal a different issue.

If your water pressure is too low, consider these other possibilities:
  • A clogged aerator or showerhead that only needs to be cleaned.
  • A partially closed-off water valve.
  • Leaky pipes.
  • Problems with the municipal water supply.

When you do have a problem with your pressure regulator, need one installed, or need help finding the source of your water pressure issues, be sure to call an experienced plumber from Michael's Plumbing Service for help.


If you are experiencing issues with your water pressure, call (615) 645-2322 or contact us online to schedule a service!


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