Open water systems are those which lack pressure regulators and/or back-flow preventers. Federal regulation intended to prevent the contamination of public water supplies brought about necessary changes to plumbing code and recommendations in order to protect hot water system. If your home contains a closed system and lacks an expansion tank, contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg plumber in Sugar Land to schedule installation.
Prior to the use of pressure reducing valves and backflow preventers, the excess volume of water, causing a high pressure in the hot water system, could flow back into the water distribution system. This effectively reduced high pressure from thermal expansion.
With backflow prevention required, your plumbing system has become a “closed” system, and over-pressurization requires reducing by other means. Water expands as it’s heated, creating an additional volume, and as the water won’t compress, the pressure rises in a closed system, placing the water heater and the home’s plumbing at risk of damage.
This is where expansion tanks come in. Expansion tanks act as an overflow receptacle for the expanded volume of water, allowing the excess to flow into the expansion tank. It effectively relieves the excess pressure created due to thermal expansion and provides protection of the water heater, pipes, and other plumbing system components. In any situation where the hot water system is closed, an expansion tank is required. A Ben Franklin plumber in Sugar Land can provide an accurately configured and professionally installed expansion tank for you.
The Signs of an Over Pressurized System
High pressure in a plumbing system can cause damage to any fixture connected to the system, including faucets, washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters, for example. It can also lead to damage to the pipes and leaks with potential damage to your home and its foundation.
A common symptom is increased water pressure, and you are most likely to notice it during a shower. It’s also possible for expanded hot water to back up into the cold water supply, causing water that is warmer than it should be when a cold water tap is first turned on. Frequent faucet leaks can also occur. The signs are easy to miss, often until damage occurs. The installation of an expansion tank is highly recommended in a closed system, and prevents the damage and the cost of repairs and replacement of appliances. To ensure safe and reliable installation, only use a licensed plumber in Sugar Land.
If your home’s closed hot water system doesn’t contain an expansion tank, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg today to schedule installation. Expansion tank installation requires precise sizing based on your home’s water heater capacity and incoming water pressure. A Ben Franklin plumber in Sugar Land will provide accurate sizing and the professional installation you can rely on for long service. Our plumbers offer a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing services, along with 24/7 emergency services. You can rely on Ben Franklin for plumbers with the expertise to do the job right the first time. We serve Sugar Land, Houston, Katy and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.