What is a PRV (Pressure Reducing Valve)?

If you're looking for a plumber in West Vancouver, because you're having water pressure issues, you need to take pressure reducing valves under consideration. You often rely on your kitchen and bathroom plumbing fixtures for a number of purposes. What you should also understand is that incoming water is under intense pressure. This means it could put your plumbing system at risk, leading to leak issues, flooding, and or burst pipes or leaking fixtures.

High water pressure decreases the lifespan of your plumbing fixtures, including the pipes, water heater, and even showerheads. Red Seal Drainage & Plumbing is always here to ensure the great condition of your kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Let us discuss with you what you should know about a pressure reducing valve.

What It Does

Having a pressure reducing valve means being able to reduce the high pressure of water that is coming into your home from the city. Plumbers typically install it on the main water line, just near the shut-off valve. Once the water flows through this valve, it then passes through the diaphragm connected to a spring. This then decreases the pressure to a much more preferable level. 

Keep in mind that the reducing valve can also be set to any preferred downstream pressure within limit. Typically 55-70 PSI preferably. In addition, the reduced pressure will be maintained once the valve is set, regardless if there are any changes in the supply pressure and system load.

Why It Matters

As the high pressure on the water can affect your pipes, it can break or damage parts of your plumbing system. This will result in issues such as leak, burst pipes and leaking taps. PRVs can provide additional protection for your pipes and other parts of your plumbing system from bursting and many different issues that can be caused by high water pressure. 

Our reliable plumbing services in West Vancouver can include installing a pressure reducing valves, so you also get to save water. As there is less pressure, there is a reduced wastewater treatment load, providing further protection to the environment. Additionally, when water is flowing at a lower pressure, there is less energy expended to heat water. Red Seal Drainage & Plumbing can also help you save money on plumbing maintenance since a pressure reducing valve minimizes the issues with your plumbing system caused by the high pressure of water. That means your fixtures will also last longer if your home thanks to having just the right amount of water pressure.

Reach out to Red Seal Drainage & Plumbing if you're looking for a trusted team that can help you with plumbing repairs in West Vancouver. We can help you with repairs, replacements, and any other solutions you need, including the installation of your pressure reducing valve. Call us or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.

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