It is common to like the feeling of strong water pressure in your home. It makes it easier to shower, clean the dishes, and even scrub your hands. If the water pressure in your home is very strong, however, it may cause damage to your plumbing, which can lead to an expensive repair. On top of that, the excess water pressure is wasteful and can cause your water bills to increase dramatically. Here is what you need to know about higher-than-normal water pressure, and what you can do about it.
Signs of High Water Pressure
Leaks in your plumbing are never a good sign, and they could be telling you that the water pressure may be too high. High water pressure will not makes pipes consistently leak though. One day they may drip, and another day they may not.
Higher water pressure can also cause a toilet to run too often, even after nobody has recently flushed it.
Why You Have Water Pressure Issues
The water pressure in your home is typically not anything that you have control over. Your local water company will be who is responsible for regulating water pressure.
There are many reasons to create higher-than-usual water pressure throughout the system, such as fire hydrants used by the local fire department. Larger buildings need higher-than-usual water pressure so that every floor has proper water pressure. Without increased water pressure, the water may have difficulties getting up to the top floor of a building.
Unfortunately, sometimes this can lead to your home having high water pressure as well.
How To Test Your Water Pressure
Testing the water pressure levels in your home is easy. Your local home improvement store will sell a pressure gauge that will measure it for you.
Start by turning off every tap inside your house, and every appliance that requires water. This includes the washing machine, sprinklers, and the hot water tank. Then attach your water pressure gauge to a hose, and slowly turn the water on. Eventually the pressure gauge will settle, telling you what the water pressure level is.
Anything above 80 PSI means that the water pressure is higher than normal.
How To Reduce Your Home's Water Pressure
The best way to reduce the water pressure is to have a plumber like Aalco-The Drain Doctor place a water regulator on the main pipe going into your home. It will lower the water pressure before it reaches any of your faucets.
Once the regulator is in place, you will have full control over the water pressure inside your home.