Although most people are very particular about their water pressure, especially when it comes to showering, water pressure that is too high can actually affect your plumbing in negative ways. In fact, plumbing fixture manufacturers generally suggest making sure your water pressure is no higher than 80 PSI (or pounder per square inch.)
The best comparison for understanding the dangers of high water pressure may be the dangers of high blood pressure. Just as high blood pressure puts excessive strain on your body, high water pressure can put excessive pressure on your house and plumbing. Fixtures, water heaters, faucets, shut-off valves and toilets all suffer when water pressure is too high. And not only can your appliances become worn down because of high water pressure, it can also lead to thermal expansion in your water, causing a host of other problems. Then there are your energy bills, which are likely get higher as your water pressure does.
Signs your water pressure may be too high include:
- Banging pipes
- Leaking faucets
- Running toilets
- Spitting from faucet aerator as you are turning it on
- Shorter life for your the water heater
- Shorter life for your washing machine or dishwasher
If you have experienced any of these issues in your home it is a good idea to buy a water pressure test gauge, which you can attach to an outside faucet or connection to your water heater. If you have made attempts to correct the problem and your water pressure is still too high, you may need to install a water pressure regulator in your home.
The other precaution you should take is to call an experienced plumber from All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical. Our San Bernardino plumbing pros have the skills and equipment necessary to deal with a myriad of projects, from water heater repair to emergency plumbing services.
Call (909) 253-0664 to save your plumbing system from high water pressure, or contact us online to learn more.