Pressure Relief Valve
What Is PRV?
What is a PRV? PRV stands for Pressure Relief Valve, Pressure Regulator, and Pressure Reducing, PRV Valves and many more names but, all names means the same thing. As the name clearly states, PRV is designed to regulate water pressure for more or for less, depending on your current condition.
PRV is not a new technology; in fact, it has been around for several decades. It has become more and more popular along the years; however, it seems that only recently, the system became really visible in the media.
PRV is designed to regulate water pressure up or down depending on the necessity of the home or commercial establishment.
Importance of PRV:
The importance of installing a pressure relief valve is critical for the safety of the home. Lately, several water brakes have been in the news. Some of the incidents were directly related to high water pressure, pipes could no longer hold the high water pressure, and therefore, the piping ended up bursting apart.
Water brakes happens for many reason, however, one of the most common factors related to such an incident is due to high water pressure and, one easy solution for the problem is to install a pressure relief valve in the plumbing system.
Fact: Most people don’t know, but the water supplied by the city to their homes does not have a pre-set and controlled pressure, which means that, sometimes, the pressure might be too high or too low.
So, if your home has 80 PSI (Pound per Square Inch) or more of pressure, your home has high water pressure and it’s at risk. In this case, it is of vital importance to install a PRV in the main water line. It is a must to have item; it will prevent bigger and more expensive problems. Why?
When to Install a PRV?
1 – A Pressure Relief Valve should be installed if your home has high water pressure, since that high water pressure damage in fixtures and plumbing systems in general.
2 - If your home already has a PRV installed and you continue to get high water pressure, chances are that the PRV is malfunctioning or needs to be adjusted to the proper pressure level. If the PRV is malfunctioning, it needs to be replaced.
What if the PRV is installed but, you are getting low water pressure? In this case, the PRV has been adjusted too much; therefore, it needs to be adjusted back up until hits the optimal pressure level.
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