Feeling the pressure lately? High water pressure in the home isn’t only a nuisance, but also damaging to a home’s plumbing and appliances. On average, the water pressure in a home should not be more than 80 psi. When water pressure reaches over 80 psi, signs of trouble may start to occur.
High water pressure can be caused by:
- Changes in water volume. Ex. Thermal expansion, due to a water heater heating up.
- A local water company keeping water pressure high for tall buildings and fire hydrants in the area.
- Low lying homes. Homes that are located in low-lying areas, like the bottom of a hill, are prone to high water pressure problems.
High water pressure is fairly easy to diagnose, because it can be outwardly observed. Homes experiencing high water pressure will often exhibit the following signs:
- Banging pipes, often called water hammer.
- Spitting water coming from faucets.
- Noticeably shorter dishwasher, washing machine, faucet, toilet and water heater life.
- Toilets running.
- Leaks, due to extra stress on pipes.
For the DIY types out there, the best place to start is to confirm that the home indeed does have high water pressure. Run to the local hardware store and pick up a pressure gauge. Connect the pressure gauge onto a faucet near the water meter and look for a reading that is over 80 psi.
Oftentimes, a pressure regulator install on your main water line is all that is needed to solve the high water pressure issue in a home.
A plumbing repair is not something most people are comfortable tackling on their own. That’s why Lindstrom is here to help. We have courteous, experienced and licensed by the State of Florida, trust certified plumbers that are just a call or click away.