As water is heated in the water heater, it expands in a process called thermal expansion. An expansion tank provides a place for expanded hot water to flow into. Consequently, the pressure is reduced in the water heater and the plumbing. A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Arlington can provide the expansion tank installation you need.
Many water meters are now installed with backflow prevention devices, or pressure reducing valves creating a closed system. In closed systems, without an expansion tank, the pressure continues to build in the water heater and the home’s pipes, and can result in damage. An expansion tank ensures the expanded volume of water has a safe place to go in order to reduce the pressure in the hot water system.
Expansion tanks are available in a variety of sizes. The size you will require is dependent on both the capacity of the hot water heater, and the water pressure supplying your home. Water pressure can vary widely in the areas served by the supplier and require testing to establish. A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Arlington can provide the accurate sized expansion tank you require, and a professional installation for reliability you can trust.
In addition, when installing a new hot water heater, satisfying the manufacturer’s warranty may require the simultaneous installation of an expansion tank. However, an expansion tank is a wise decision whether required or not. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington will be aware of installation and applicable code requirements for your home. You can rely on our plumbers for expert installation meeting or exceed industry standards.
The Expansion Tank
Rising pressure in the water heater triggers a diaphragm in the expansion tank to open, allowing the excess volume of expanded hot water to enter, and thereby reducing the pressure on the water heater and the home’s plumbing. The water is eventually released into the water supply.
The installation of an expansion tank is recommended, and may be required by local code, in the following applications:
- The replacement of a water heater
- The installation of a water meter
- With new home builds
- The installation of a pressure reducing valve, check valve or backflow preventer
Installing an expansion tank provides several benefits. First, it reduces potentially damaging high pressure in the hot water heater and your home’s plumbing in Arlington, as previously noted. Next, reducing the pressure prevents a reduced lifespan to the water heater and your home’s plumbing. Consequently, the potential for damaging water leaks due to high pressure is reduced in the home’s plumbing system.
When you call for a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington, you are assured of receiving an experienced professional plumber, a trouble free installation, or the repair of the existing expansion tank. Our licensed plumbers offer a wide range of expert plumbing services that meet or exceed the industry standards for reliable services. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing serves Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas, and is a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating. Benjamin Franklin is dedicated to your 100% satisfaction, and the best plumbing services available.