The water pressure regulator is a bell shaped device often located on the main line inlet pipe, usually near the house shut-off valve (customer valve) outside the home. If you have one it is very important to know where it is and how to check it.
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Toilet leaks can included various signs and sounds. Find out what is wrong with your toilet with Fluidmaster's online troubleshooting guide with live chat assistance. Click here: https://www.fluidmaster.com/support/
The flapper valve is what regulates water to the bowl. It is important that flappers are sized appropriately to maintain a proper seal needed for the toilet to both flush properly and control the flow of water to the bowl. Most toilet flappers are either a 2" or a 3" depending on the size of the drain opening from the tank to the bowl. When choosing a replacement flapper you will have to know what you currently have:
Flapper Style: Flexible Rubber or Solid Plastic Frame
Size: Either 2" or 3" (pre-1994 toilets are usually 2")
Flushing Capacity: 5 , 3.5 , 1.6 , or 1.28 gallon per flush toilet
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Toilet component replacements are commonly done by homeowners themselves. Check out this video on the steps to replacing a toilet fill valve in about 10 mins. with the proper parts. It may just give you the courage to try this at home. If you need assistance with this repair Fluidmaster has an online troubleshooting guide and live chat assistance waiting for you on weekdays from 5:30 am to 5:00 pm. at https://www.fluidmaster.com/support/.
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A water pressure regulator is a safety feature designed to prevent the water pressure inside your home from climbing too high or falling too low. Building codes require builders to install a water pressure regulator on homes when the street mainline pressure exceeds 80 psi (pounds per square inch). Most regulators are pre-set by manufacturers at 45 to 60 psi, which is the optimal pressure.
Most water pressure regulators have an adjustment nut that can be used to increase or decrease the water pressure. Incorrectly adjusting the regulator could cause water pressure to become too high or too low. Unfortunately, SMWD is unable to adjust pressure regulators because they are considered to be the homeowner’s private property. If an adjustment cannot be made to your regulator, it may need to be replaced. You may want to contact a local plumbing supply store or a plumbing professional for assistance.
Over 50% of a home’s water use occurs outdoors, primarily for irrigation. How often and long you water plants affects both plant health and your water bill. To find resources on what type of sprinkler timer you have and how to control it, use this great website:
Additional information on outdoor watering can be found on our site: www.smwd.com/watering
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Reverse osmosis (RO) systems can be water-intensive. According to the EPA, "a typical RO system sends five gallons of water or more down the drain for every one gallon of treated water it produces!". Some RO systems can even run water into the sewer system constantly. This can increase your indoor usage significantly.
Water filtration is not needed from a water quality perspective, but may be desired for personal reasons (taste, softness, etc.). SMWD advocates for systems that use exchange tanks that require regular maintenance via a service as opposed to RO systems or a salt based water softener. The latter systems can also put back extra salt into the wastewater, which means SMWD has to treat more salt at our treatment plants and our recycled water quality (TDS, total dissolved solids) suffers.
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