With utility rates on the rise, and environmental consciousness at an all-time
high, many homeowners are looking for ways to improve their homes’
plumbing systems. A Pressure Reducing Valve, or PRV, is a great way to
save energy and water while reducing strain on your pipes.
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What The Heck Is a Pressure Reducing Valve?
As the name suggests, a PRV is simply a valve, typically installed after
the water meter, which reduces the incoming water pressure. Inside the
valve, there are spring-loaded diaphragms that resist the incoming water
– the springs are usually adjustable, allowing you to set the resulting
PSI to between 35 – 80 pounds per square inch.
How Can A PRV Save Me Money?
By reducing flow rates, these valves can help you reduce your water usage,
resulting in lower water bills and sewer bills. While the utility savings
will pay for the PRV in no-time, the biggest benefit these valves provide
is the reduced wear and tear on your plumbing system.
Municipal water lines regularly exceed 100 psi, and can even
rise to nearly 200 psi in some cases! By contrast, plumbing fixtures and appliances are typically
only designed to
handle up to 80 psi. As a result, installing a PRV can help extend the life of your:
- Faucets, showerheads, etc.
- Water heater
- Pressure-assisted toilets
In addition to water savings, a PRV can also help you save on your energy
bills. Homes with standard, tank-style water heaters generally use a huge
amount of energy to keep the water warm. By reducing the flow rate through
these heaters, you will see a corresponding drop in energy costs.
Call Our Waterbury Plumbers Today
Whether you want to have a pressure reducing valve installed, or you need
re-piping, you can count on Cyrious Plumbing to get the job done right. Our experienced
team takes great pride in the work we do – call us today to learn
firsthand what sets us apart.
For all your plumbing repair, replacement, or maintenance needs, call us
today at (203) 577-5628.