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   Oct 09

Installing A Whole House Water Restrictor

Water has been in the news a lot lately, and not always in a good way. Water restrictions are common and drought in Texas has led to disastrous wildfires. On top of that, sometimes municipal water systems have extremely high or uneven pressure. This can result in unpleasant noises in your pipes and even damage your plumbing.

The solution is a whole house water restrictor that controls the flow of water. Although these restrictors can lower water pressure, they will make sure any whole house water filter you are using works correctly and also prevent large amounts of water waste.Never heard of this before? Get up to speed here.

The most common form of water restrictor is a pressure-reducing valve that is installed where the water enters the home. Many localities now require that these be fixed to all new homes. Installing one yourself is possible. Turn off the water and then remove a section of pipe from the main water line. Clean the ends of the cut pipe and make sure they are dry, then attach an extension piece, soldering it into place. The pressure reducing valve can then be screwed into the extension piece. Three 90-degree elbows and a coupling will complete the installation. However, as this requires a lot of soldering and heating, you may want to hire a plumber to do it.

The end result will be lower and more even pressure to your pipes and fixtures. You may even be able to remove your shower head and toilet water restrictors, confident that you are still saving energy and water.

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