Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV)
Frequently people think high water pressure to be a good. In fact it can be a big problem. Too much water pressure in a domestic system can:
- Result in toilet systems leaking,
- Put extra stress on plumbing joints, taps and water heaters,
- Increase the risk of washing machine/dishwasher hoses bursting,
- Cause water hammer issues.
Installing a PRV can be a simple way of dealing with these problems.
PRVs automatically control the water pressure so effectively reducing a high incoming pressure to a lower, more acceptable pressure. Used in the home it can help to save water and increase the longevity of household appliances.
A valve for a domestic system will cost around $60 plus installation.
Valves are typically set by the manufacturer at a pressure of 500kPa normally suitable for most household. If necessary the pressure can be further reduced.