One of the most common plumbing problems experienced by homeowners is low water pressure. Low water pressure may inconvenience you since it is hard to take a shower. However, that kind of problem will not cause any form of damage to your property. High water pressure, on the other hand, can cause serious damage to your property. This is because most plumbing systems are designed to handle a given water pressure. If water pressure inside the pipes exceed this limit, the plumbing system will not be able to accommodate the pressure. That’s when problems start to arise.
Causes Of High Water Pressure
There are three main causes of high water pressure. The first is pressure buildup in your hot water supply system. This happens when water increases in volume when heated in the water heater. Secondly, the water supply company, or the city, might maintain a higher water pressure in the area. This ensures that high-rise buildings and fire hydrants get water. Thirdly, when you live downhill, gravity will increase the pressure of water flowing to your home.
Signs Of High Water Pressure
There are many signs of excessive water pressure in your plumbing. The first, and most obvious sign, is water coming out of your taps and shower with a lot of force. While you may enjoy this water pressure when taking a shower, your plumbing may get damaged by the high pressure. If your water pipes produce banging noises when a faucet is opened or closed, you might have a high water pressure problem. While all these are key indicators of high water pressure in your pipes, you will need to confirm the problem by measuring the pressure inside your water pipes. Consider buying a pressure gauge and screw it to a faucet nearest to your water meter. Please note that most plumbing systems are designed to handle up to 80 psi of water pressure. Anything above that is likely to cause serious damage to your pipes and appliances.
Problems Caused By High Water Pressure
If the pressure inside your pipes is higher than what your pipes can handle, there will be intermittent water leaks in your plumbing system. If you do not plug the leak, water damage may result. Repairing water damage is usually incredibly costly. Secondly, high water pressure will lead to a leaking faucet and a running toilet, which will increase your water bills and lead to septic drainfield flooding and damage. The water tank in your water heater might also explode due to excessive pressure of both the incoming water and heated water in the tank. Since all the plumbing appliances in your home will have leaks due to high water pressure, the lifespan of your dishwasher and washing machine will reduce considerably.
What To Do When You Have High Water Pressure
Once you have confirmed that you have high water pressure in your home, the best thing for you to do is call a licensed plumber to offer a remedy. The most likely solution is installation of a water pressure regulator. This is a device that is installed on the main water supply line to reduce the pressure of water in your home.
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Do not hesitate when your water pressure is too high. This will damage your plumbing system which will cause a domino effect of issues. Contact Robinson Plumbing for experienced, affordable, and professional plumbing services. Our certified and experienced plumbers will get the job done quickly and accurately. Give us a call today so that we may answer any questions that you have.
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