An expansion tank protects the plumbing system from increased pressure due to thermal expansion. Thermal expansion is the process of hot water expanding as it is heated. Since water won’t compress, it results in an increased pressure within your hot water system unless the increased volume has somewhere to go. The expansion tank provides a location for the extra water to overflow into, effectively reducing the pressure in the plumbing system. A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Fort Worth can provide the installation of an expansion tank for your home.
Federal regulations now require backflow preventers to be installed, preventing potentially contaminated water from household plumbing systems from entering into the public water supply through thermal expansion. The regulation closes the avenue of escape for thermally expanded hot water. This allows the potential for increased pressure in your home’s plumbing system. Furthermore, the increased pressure places the system at risk of water leaks, and potentially serious damage to your home and its foundation.
As a result, expansion tanks are recommended and even required in some areas. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth for the installation, service and repair of an expansion tank. Our licensed plumbers will provide accurate sizing and professional installation based on the water heater capacity and the amount of incoming water pressure to your home.
The federal regulations recommend expansion tank installation when the following occurs:
- Water meter installation or replacement with a dual backflow valve.
- The installation or replacement of a water heater.
- With new home construction.
- With the installation of a backflow preventer on an existing water meter.
- When a pressure regulating valve is installed, or is already in service.
The Signs of High Pressure
The signs of high pressure are often subtle, and not always recognized by the average homeowner. A noticeable effect is increased water pressure, especially when taking a shower. The elevated pressure can have the consequences of damage to plumbing fixtures, such as the faucets, and potentially to appliances including the water heater. High pressure may also result in damaging water leaks with potentially serious damage to your home and its foundation.
Other signs may include frequent faucet leaks or in severe cases, cold water that is warmer than normal. Expansion tank installation will prevent the damage, the cost of repair and the potential replacement of appliances. Use a licensed plumber in Fort Worth to ensure a reliable installation
An expansion tank requires a routine inspection. When scheduling drain cleaning, water heater maintenance or other routine plumbing maintenance or service, request expansion tank inspection. After all, an expansion tank is extra protection for your home and the water heater.
A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth can provide the professional plumbing services you require, including expansion tank services. You can rely on a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth for services that adhere to or exceed the plumbing industry standards. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.