The use of high water pressure will not only result in a pricey water bill but will apply excess stress on your home’s plumbing system as well. This is problematic because it will reduce the life expectancy of your appliances, so it’s important that you are mindful of this aspect so you don’t damage your home’s plumbing system in the process.
Dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters can all be affected if your water pressure is too high and it will erode your pipes. This can cause leaks and disruptive sounds and reduced service life for both your pipes and plumbing fixtures. There will also be a greater risk of pipes cracking or breaking, so this is definitely something you need to pay close attention to. It’s natural to wonder how high is considered too high because a lot of people are unfamiliar with this aspect. Generally, anything at or above 60 pounds per square inch is considered too excessive when it comes to residential water pressure and the ideal water pressure is typically between 45 and 55 pounds per square inch for most plumbing appliances and systems.
There are three signs you can look out for that will indicate that your home’s water pressure is too high, so keep the following in mind:
- Banging sounds. High pressure can cause water to thrash through your pipes quickly, resulting in knocking or banging sounds.
- Running toilets. Excessive pressure can cause toilets to run continuously, although this is not very common. While this rarely happens, it is still a possibility, so you need to be informed in case you ever experience this problem.
- Leaking faucets. High water pressure can cause your faucets to leak, so if you notice this happens at certain times of the day or whenever you are using a plumbing fixture, excessive pressure may be the reason why.
If you notice any of these problems, you must contact a reputable plumbing company so they can test and restore your home’s water pressure. They will also be able to identify the cause of the problem and will address it in a way that will eliminate the issue completely. Depending on the cause, the problem can often be fixed with a pressure reducing valve, which comes with a number of benefits, including reducing your household water consumption, reducing your home’s high incoming water pressure to a lower level that is far more functional and saving you money on your water bills.
Oliver Plumbing & Heating can help with this issue and so much more. We offer commercial and residential plumbing services and specialize in furnace repairs and replacements. If you are looking for exceptional service from a reliable plumbing company, we are the answer, so give us a call today!