What Is A Water Pressure Regulator?
Many City of Independence water customers have water pressure regulators inside
their homes. This is often necessary due to the amount of water pressure in the
water distribution system. High pressure can be damaging to plumbing fixtures, so
a regulator is needed to keep the pressure at a desirable level. Water pressure
regulators are owned by the property owner, who is responsible for maintaining it.
As pressure regulators age, water pressure inside the house often drops. Customers
who notice a drop in pressure may contact Utilities Customer Service. A pressure
gauge can be attached to an outside hose connection at the house to determine if
water pressure is consistent with the water main serving the property. If pressure
is normal, the problem is often inside the customer’s property. If a pressure regulator
is in place, it may be malfunctioning.
A pressure regulator, if present, will be found close to the customer’s main shut
off valve, where the water service line enters the house (often in a basement).
A pressure regulator looks a little like a water meter, but there is no dial. There
will often be a screw on the end. This is where adjustments can be made to the regulator,
to raise or lower the water pressure inside the house. Use caution when making adjustments
using the adjustment screw! Too much water pressure can cause problems with plumbing
Faulty pressure regulators can be changed with similar tools as are needed to replace
any residential plumbing fixture. Customers who are hesitant to replace water pressure
regulators are encouraged to contact their plumber for assistance. For more information,
contact Utilities Customer Service at 325-7930.