Many people probably consider high water pressure a good thing. However, water pressure that is too high can be more than just annoying: it can cause costly damage. High water pressure is one of the leading causes of water leaks, pipe damage, and wasted water in homes and businesses.
Signs You May Have High Water Pressure
There are several signs you might have a high water pressure problem in your home or business.
- Multiple water leaks
- Constantly running toilets
- Noisy pipes
You might see intermediate leaks occurring at only certain times of the day, leaks in multiple faucets at the same time, toilets that are constantly running, and even noisy pipes!
Water hammers are also commonly caused by high water pressure. The pipes and faucets inside your home are only designed to support a certain amount of PSI. If the PSI is too high, the opening and closing of your faucets cause the water to ram into the faucet. The water then looks for a way to escape, which can cause burst pipes.
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Water hammers can also cause pipes’ mounting straps to become loose, causing a lot of noise and rattling when you open and close the faucets in your home.
What Causes High Water Pressure?
The most likely source of your high-pressure water problem is the municipal water supplier. Water companies set the water pressure high to support enough pressure for safety reasons. These include fire hydrants. It could also be for those tall buildings downtown. It takes a lot of pressure to get to the 40th floor!
The recommended water pressure limit on most plumbing supplies is 80 PSI. More often than not, city water pressure exceeds 100 PSI. In some cases, it can even be higher than 150 PSI. And you could be dealing with high water pressure for anything higher than 60 PSI.
If you are unsure about the water pressure inside your home or office, it’s quite easy to check this yourself.
- Buy a water pressure gauge
- Select a water outlet
A faucet or hose bib that close to the water supply source will be your most reliable source.
- Turn off anything that uses water
This includes all faucets, washers, sprinklers, and even fridge ice makers.
- Attach the gauge
Screw the fitting end of the gauge into the water outlet you’ve chosen.
- Let the water run
Make sure that you slowly open the valve until it is fully open.
- Record the pressure
Once the needle stops moving, write down the pressure.
- Double check
Test one more time to make sure the reading is accurate. If you get a different reading, make sure all faucets and water-using appliances are off.
- Call a technician
If the pressure is too high, then it’s best to call a technician for an inspection.
How to Fix the Problem?
If you find that you have high water pressure, the best solution is to install a water pressure regulator. A pressure regulator reduces the pressure from the main before it enters the building. This will help to reduce any associated issues, such as water hammers and damaged pipes.
It’s best to install the pressure regulator right at the main instead of at the entrance to the home or office. Putting it there gives the water pressure time to slow. It also protects the water transport system to your property. Also, with the pressure regulator installed at the main, it will control the irrigation system. That means fewer leaks in what are much more sensitive pipes.
High Water Pressure is a Real Problem
If you have been feeling the effects of high water pressure, it’s time to address the problem. Forrest Anderson plumbers are the Phoenix experts in reducing water pressure problems. We can inspect your home or commercial space to gauge the pressure and provide solutions.
Don’t risk ruining pipes or turning your home or office into an indoor swimming pool. Contact us today to schedule your inspection.