Keep your home clean and your family safe! If your “Temperature/Pressure safety relief valve” is leaking, Call (503) 719-4015 and speak with the experts at Sutherland Plumbing today!
Is your Water Heater’s “Temperature/Pressure safety relief valve” dripping or leaking?
If so, it’s doing it’s job and trying to tell you, no it’s screaming at you:
“Houston, we have a problem!”
Most often the drain pipe and valve connected to the water heater runs right off the top or side of the heater and is open-ended just above floor level.
Don’t let anybody tell you that simply changing the safety valve will solve the problem. There’s very likely a larger core issue at hand causing the above mentioned symptom. Like excessive water pressure and/or trapped thermal expansion. Thermal expansion refers to a basic law of physics: anything that increases in temperature increases in size. The water inside your plumbing system is no exception. Trapped thermal expansion is a problem. The hot water has nowhere to expand to, so it takes the path of least resistance – you guessed it…leaking out of your safety valve often right onto the floor 😦
Fortunately there are specific remedies that work great to solve the problem and the plumbers at Sutherland Plumbing, LLC are experts at it!
Water Pressure or “PSI” (pounds per square inch) is exactly that – a measurement of force. While water volume or “GPM” (gallons per minute) is a measurement of flow.
In most cases, plumbing systems that deliver unsatisfactory performance have a volume problem not a pressure problem. The pressure is most often adequate – it is the pipes that are either undersized, corroded & restricted – or both. In many cases there is excessive water pressure and still symptoms of poor water volume delivery is present.
Too much water pressure can cause a host of problems. Similarly, high blood pressure can go undetected or undiagnosed for years while the negative effects and irreversible damage occurs.
A simple water pressure measuring device can be purchased at most hardware stores for under $15! Eighty (80) “PSI” is considered high – anything over and you’re asking for trouble!
Ensuring Practical, Safe Working Water Pressure:
Municipal and private water companies use pumps & pumping stations to boost water pressure in the supply mains. This enables adequate water supply for fire-fighting and for high-rise buildings to overcome the loss of pressure as elevation increases. These pumps & pumping stations also maintain water supply to water towers and supply tanks. Pressure in water supply mains can exceed 200psi.
Most plumbing codes require water pressure reducing valves on domestic systems where the municipal water main’s pressure exceeds 80psi.
Higher pressures could rupture pipes, damage fixtures and injure the people using them.
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Here’s Sutherland Plumbing’s Sean Anderson installing a 1-1/4″ Pressure Reducing Valve!