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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!


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The Potential Problem With Strong Water Pressure In Your Home

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.