Pressure Regulators

Pressure regulators are an important part of the plumbing system in a house or apartment. They are typically installed on the water main where it enters the home and are used to step down the water pressure to a level that doesn’t cause any damage to the plumbing or appliances that use water such as water heaters. Water entering a home can often be so high that if left unchecked it could cause damage to the plumbing. Pressure regulators step down the water pressure to a level that won’t cause any damage, especially to your water heater.

Example of an installed pressure regulator

  • Water pressure in a residence should be around 30-60 PSI, though it can safely reach up to 75 PSI.
  • Anything pressure higher than 80 PSI will void the warranty on your water heater.
  • Pressure regulators out of the box are typically set to 50 PSI, though they can be adjusted as necessary.
  • Water pressure over 150 PSI can definitely cause damage to your plumbing and water heater and most companies will not even fire up your water heater if the pressure is that high.

Some of the top brands include Watts and Wilkins pressure regulators. Here are links to both companies website:

Watts Pressure Regulators

Wilkins Pressure Regulators

Pressure Regulator

If you would like to test your water pressure, it’s pretty easy to do so. Just purchase a water pressure gauge and attach it to any hose bib on the outside of the home. If you aren’t comfortable doing this or if you are getting fluctuating numbers, give us a call 1-916-448-2113 7 days a week and we will be happy to discuss any water pressure issues you might be having and make recommendations that seem most appropriate for the situation.