High water pressure might seem desirable if you’re taking a shower, but it can be a problem if not closely monitored. High water pressure will drive up your water bill, but it can also put stress on your pipes and household appliances. We encourage homeowners to know the warning signs and call in a professional if necessary.
How High is Too High?
Pay attention to the water that comes out of your sink and shower. Does the pressure seem particularly strong? Do you hear your pipes banging when you turn on a faucet? These are signs that your water pressure may be too high. One way to tell for sure is to buy a pressure gauge and install it on the faucet near your water meter. If the pressure is over 80 psi, it may be a hazard.
Potential Problems of High Water Pressure
Too-strong water pressure can cause intermittent leaks in your plumbing system, which may become big problems if left unattended. In addition, varying or high water pressure can stress your washing machine, dishwasher, and water heater, shortening their lifespan.
If you suspect your water pressure is too high, you should contact a professional to help install a pressure regulator on your main water line. A regulator slows water flow to a consistent and reasonable pressure level. This will help lower your water bill, reduce stress on your appliances, and prevent leaks.