Establishing the correct water pressure in your home can be tricky. Low water pressure could make daily habits, like showering, miserable. Too high and you run the risk of leaks, worn seals, and damaged fixtures. But, how high is too high, and how do you fix high water pressure? The experts at Fosh are sharing 5 common signs to look out for and what happens if your water pressure is too high.
Normal water pressure is around 60 PSI and leaks at this pressure are rare. When the water pressure in your home is too high, it puts a strain on your plumbing system causing pinhole leaks and loosened joints. Most of the time, these leaks are difficult to detect because they occur out of sight. If not repaired, the leaks could cause mold growth and water damage, or worse, a burst pipe. If you spot water or suspect a leak, check your water pressure to ensure it’s not too high.
Loud Noises in Pipes
Loud banging noises when you run a faucet or flush your toilet is a symptom of high water pressure. Known as a “water hammer”, this sound occurs when you shut off the water or end a flush cycle and the pressure causes the pipes to bang into each other or surrounding framing. Because of the built-up pressure, the water hammer can potentially break your pipes or loosen connections. If you hear any loud noises coming from your pipes, it might be time to call in a professional plumber.
Noisy or Damaged Appliances
Many of your appliances, like dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines, rely on a connection to your main water supply. If the water pressure in your home is too high, it puts added stress on these appliances and their seals. Excessive water pressure can cause their pressure regulators to fail, damaging the appliances. Look for leaks and listen for loud noises near your appliances; these signs indicate that their parts are undergoing extreme strain.
High Utility Bills
If you’ve noticed a sudden increase in your water bill, high water pressure could be the culprit. Simply put, you’re using more water every time you turn on a faucet. Normal use of a faucet with a regular water pressure of 50 PSI uses about 30 gallons of water every ten minutes. Increase the PSI to 60 and your usage shoots up to 36 gallons every ten minutes! Save water and money by turning down the water pressure.
Leaking faucets, running toilets, or fixtures that drip constantly are usually signs of a leak from a rubber gasket or seal that is worn out. These parts wear out from water flowing too forcefully out because of issues with the water pressure. If you notice frequent leaks, check your water pressure.
How to Fix High Water Pressure
Fortunately, fixing high water pressure is easy. A licensed plumber can install a water pressure regulator on your waterline. Newer homes built after 2002 should already have one in place. It’s important to remember that regulators have a lifespan of only 7-12 years. If you’ve been Googling “Where can I find a water pressure repair expert near me”, stop your search now and call Fosh Plumbing & Heating Inc. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!