When most people think of plumbing problems, they don’t attribute them to water pressure but this often-overlooked issue can cause serious problems in your home.
Water pressure refers to how hard and fast water travels through the pipes in your home. It is measured in pounds per square inch, commonly referred to as “psi”. The higher the psi, the more force the water is putting on your pipes. The ideal water pressure range for most homes is between 60 and 70 psi. If your water pressure is 80 psi or higher, you’re likely going to run into some serious plumbing problems.
Here are a few common signs your water pressure is too high:
- Banging pipes
- Running toilets
- Dripping faucets
- Running out of hot water quickly
High water pressure can quickly wear down pipes and appliances. Water lines, water heaters, washing machine hoses, and other fixtures are all at risk when the pressure is too high. It’s also important to note that water pressure above 80 psi is a code violation, meaning insurance companies may not cover water damage that was caused by high water pressure. It can also void any warranty you have on an appliance or fixture.
You can test your home’s water pressure by purchasing a water pressure gauge at any home store. If you’re concerned your home’s water pressure is too high, you can also take preventative measures by having a licensed plumber like Gilman Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing install a water pressure regulator. Gilman plumbing technicians are familiar with most water systems in the area and can correctly install the valve for you.
No one wants to deal with plumbing issues this summer – especially when they can be avoided by following simple guidelines. While high water pressure may feel good in the shower, it’s not worth the headache in the long run!
If you’re in need of plumbing service this summer, call the experts at Gilman Heating, Cooling & Plumbing! You can put your trust in our experienced plumbers to quickly assess the situation and make the necessary plumbing repairs.