Is your home’s plumbing and water heater experiencing problems or damage from thermal expansion? Thermal expansion is the process by which water expands as it is heated, resulting in a higher volume in the water heater. The problem is that water heater holds a finite amount of water, and when thermal expansion occurs, the expanded hot water backs up into the home’s plumbing. The second component of the problem is when your home has a closed system. A closed system results when a check valve, backflow preventer or pressure reducing valve, for example, is installed on the water meter. In other words, the expanded hot water has no where to go, resulting in increased pressure in the water heater and the home’s plumbing. This can result in damage to both, along with leaks and damage to your home and its foundation. If your water heater is experiencing problems, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for water heater repair in Houston, TX. We can provide expansion tank installation to protect your plumbing system.

Federal legislation enacted the legislation requiring the installation of a backflow preventer to prevent contaminated water from corroded pipes out of the public water system. This created an increased need for expansion tanks in order to prevent the need for water heater repair in Houston. Homes located in areas with a high water pressure, especially need the expansion tank. A high water pressure is often due to the need to supply fire hydrants, high rises, structures on high hills and other similar situations. However, it is risky to the plumbing system without a pressure reducing valve installed on the water meter. Without the water pressure being controlled, leaks can occur in the plumbing, and damage to your home.

Thermal expansion and a high water pressure together can significantly increase the risk of damage to the plumbing system, including the water heater. Replacement of a failed pressure valve when required, and the installation of an expansion tank can keep your plumbing and the water heater safe from high pressure, reducing the amount of water heater repair in Houston required.

The expansion tank reduces the pressure in the plumbing system and water heater by acting as an overflow receptacle for the extra volume of hot water created by thermal expansion. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing licensed plumbers can provide the professional installation  of the expansion tank your home requires. In addition, our dedicated plumbers in Houston, TX can provide the plumbing maintenance and water heater repair in Houston, TX that you require.

Testing the Water Pressure

Testing your water pressure is a simple task.  Purchase a water pressure gauge from any major home supply outlet. The cost is typically less than $20. Screw the gauge on an outdoor faucet where the garden hose attaches. Turn the water on, and the water pressure entering your home will be displayed. If the pressure is above 80 psi, contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg for the installation or replacement of a pressure reducing valve. Installation will protect your home’s appliances and the water heater from high water pressure. However, once a pressure regulator is installed your plumbing system is a closed system, and the installation of an expansion tank will be required.

If you are in need of water heater repair in Houston, or water heater installation, it is probable the manufacturer will require the simultaneous installation of an expansion tank in order to maintain the water heater warranty. This ensures protection for a new water heater and will assist in extending its lifespan. Furthermore, by relieving pressure on the plumbing system and the water heater, the potential for damaging  water leaks and the need for repair or replacement related to pressure damage will be reduced.

Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg to schedule a plumbing repairplumbing installation or the maintenance of your plumbing in Houston. Our dedicated, licensed plumbers will provide the expert expansion tank service, water heater repair in Houston or other plumbing service that you need.

Water Heater Installation

A professional water heater installation ensures the best performance, safety, and with routine maintenance ensures the longest possible lifespan. When you are dreading water heater replacement, remember a new water heater will reduce the cost of your energy bill.

A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Houston can provide the professional installation you need and is backed by our satisfaction guarantee.  You can rely on the expertise of Benjamin Franklin plumbers for water heater repair in Houston, and other plumbing services. Our licensed plumbers serve Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and the surrounding areas with superior plumbing services you can rely on. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg is a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.