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High water pressure can be a silent threat to your plumbing system, leading to costly repairs and damages. At Radiant® Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we understand the importance of maintaining optimal water pressure in your home. Our pressure reducing valve (PRV) installation service ensures that your water pressure is controlled and safe.

Our expert plumbers will set the PRV to maintain the desired downstream pressure within its design limits, ensuring consistent protection against supply pressure fluctuations and system load changes. Trust Radiant Plumbing and Air for the most reliable PRV installation and maintenance in Texas. Prevent costly repairs by controlling water pressure – contact us today.

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What is a pressure reducing valve (PRV)?

A pressure reducing valve (PRV) is an essential component designed to regulate and maintain consistent water pressure within a plumbing system. Its primary function is to reduce elevated, unregulated inlet pressure to a steady and controlled downstream (outlet) pressure. This ensures a reliable and safe water supply, regardless of variations in demand or upstream water pressure.

PRVs offer numerous advantages, including water conservation by minimizing excessive pressure, reducing wastewater treatment loads, and contributing to environmental protection. They play a crucial role in various industries, such as chemical, petrochemical, power, and oil and gas, by controlling and relieving overpressure levels to optimize system functionality.

In residential applications, a pressure-reducing valve safeguards pipes and plumbing fittings from potential damage caused by high water pressure. Excessive pressure can stress pipes, leading to breakages and plumbing fitting failures that result in leaks.

For effective PRV installation, maintenance, and repair services, trust Radiant Plumbing and Air, the leading experts in Texas. Our experienced team ensures the proper functioning of PRVs, safeguarding your plumbing system and preventing costly repairs. Contact us today to maintain optimal water pressure and protect your home.

Identifying high water pressure in your home is crucial to prevent potential damage and costly repairs. One of the earliest indicators of elevated water pressure is the occurrence of “water hammer,” technically referred to as hydraulic shock. This phenomenon manifests as loud banging, rattling, and shuddering pipes when water flow rapidly changes direction due to increased pressure. Pipes experience harsh impacts as water bounces off their sides.

Additionally, noisy appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers, can signal high water pressure. If these appliances create excessive noise when water runs through them, it may be an indication of elevated pressure.

High water pressure can also be felt through the force of water during activities like showering or faucet usage. If water pelts you in the shower or feels like a mini-explosion when you turn on a faucet, it likely signifies high pressure.

Ignoring these signs can lead to plumbing leaks, worn seals, damaged fixtures, and a shorter lifespan for appliances reliant on water connections, such as washing machines and dishwashers.

To mitigate high water pressure, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the water supply at your home’s internal water main by fully rotating the shut-off valve to the right.
  2. Loosen the locking nut on the water pressure regulator by turning it to the left.
  3. Adjust the water pressure by turning the adjusting screw to the left to decrease pressure or to the right to increase it.

For professional assistance in diagnosing and resolving high water pressure issues, trust Radiant Plumbing and Air. Our experts ensure your plumbing system functions optimally and without excessive pressure, preventing potential damage and extending the lifespan of your appliances. Contact us today for reliable solutions.

There are typically some basic reasons why your water bill might be higher than usual:

  1. Identify and Address Leaks: Leaks are a primary cause of high water bills. Even seemingly minor leaks can add up to significant water wastage. To check for leaks, monitor your toilet for prolonged flushing sounds or perform a dye test by adding food coloring to the tank and checking if it reaches the bowl. Leaky faucets can also contribute to increased consumption, so ensure they are tightly closed.

  2. Evaluate Water Usage Habits: Be mindful of water-wasting habits. Avoid leaving the faucet running unnecessarily, fix dripping faucets promptly, and optimize your dishwasher and laundry machine usage by running full loads. Utilize low-flow toilets, high-efficiency washing machines, and faucet aerators to reduce water consumption.

  3. Inspect for Pipe Leaks: Pipe leaks, particularly pinhole leaks, can be challenging to detect but lead to substantial water loss. Look for signs such as mold growth, foundation cracks, musty odors, or water marks on surfaces. To confirm a pipe leak, shut off all water sources and monitor your water meter for movement.

  4. Consider a Water Heater Check: Inefficient or malfunctioning water heaters can result in higher water bills. Ensure your water heater is in optimal condition and replace outdated units with more energy-efficient models to save on bills in the long run.

  5. Check for Community Rate Increases: Research if your town or community has raised water rates, as this can impact your bill. Analyze your personal water usage alongside any rate adjustments to determine the cause of the increase.

  6. Assess Water Meter Accuracy: If you experience a high water bill without apparent leaks or rate changes, your water meter may be inaccurate. To test it, turn off all water sources and check if the meter continues to register water usage. Alternatively, measure the water you pour into a tub and compare it to the meter’s reading for discrepancies.

  7. Embrace Energy Efficiency: Enhance your home’s overall energy efficiency by installing water-saving appliances and fixtures, such as low-flow toilets, high-efficiency washing machines, low-flow showerheads, and faucet aerators. Consider tankless water heaters, smart irrigation systems, dishwashers with soil sensors, and ENERGY STAR-rated appliances to reduce water consumption and lower bills.

At Radiant Plumbing and Air, we specialize in diagnosing and resolving water-related issues to help you achieve optimal water efficiency. Our experts ensure your plumbing system functions efficiently, reducing wastage and saving you money. Contact us today to improve your water usage habits and enhance your home’s overall energy efficiency.

There are some basic steps every homeowner can take to maintain the lifetime of their home’s pressure valves. 

  1. Regular Inspection: At least once a year conduct a visual inspections can help identify issues that require attention.

  2. Relief Valve Inspection: Inspect each time the container is filled. If there is any doubt about the condition of the relief valve, it should be replaced. Eye protection should be worn when inspecting relief valves under pressure.

  3. Check for Leaking Pilot Systems: Inspect the pilot systems for any signs of breakage or leakage.

  4. Check for Air in the Pilot System: Ensure that there is no air trapped in the pilot system, as this can interfere with the valve’s operation.

  5. Clean Dirty Strainer Screen: The strainer screen should be checked for dirt or debris buildup and cleaned if necessary.

  6. Replace Plugged Fittings: If any fittings are found to be plugged or obstructed, they should be replaced to maintain proper flow and pressure regulation.

  7. Check Pilot Diaphragm: Inspect the pilot diaphragm for any signs of damage or wear.

  8. Perform Pilot Check: Ensure that the pilot system is functioning correctly by verifying that the pilot control system is maintaining the desired downstream pressure.

  9. Inspect Ball Valve: If the PRV is equipped with a ball valve, inspect it for proper operation and any signs of leakage or damage.

Contact us to enroll in the Radiant Care Club maintenance program, ensuring regular inspections of your home’s plumbing systems and providing you with year-round peace of mind.

Common issues with pressure relief valves (PRVs) to be aware of include the possibility of contaminants such as dirt, lint, rust, sludge, or misalignment causing the valve to stick. This can result in elevated system pressure or the activation of other pressure relief valves to compensate for the malfunctioning valve.

Poorly functioning PRVs can lead to various problems such as decreased production efficiency, revenue loss, increased operational and maintenance expenses, and potentially catastrophic failures. It’s worth noting that a significant portion (around 75% to 85%) of PRV performance issues, including leaks, rapid opening and closing (chattering), failure to open at the designated set pressure, extended blowdown (closing well below the set pressure), and short intervals between repairs, can be attributed to factors like improper system design, incorrect valve installation, inadequate maintenance practices, or a combination of these factors.

Additionally, it’s essential to recognize that a PRV is just one component within a larger system. The overall functionality of the PRV relies on the proper operation of valves, tubing, connections, and the entire operating system. Valve performance issues, such as leaks, chattering, galling, and valve body deterioration, can also result from problems with other elements within the system, not solely the valve itself.