Why you need to get your water pressure problems fixed ASAP
When your water pressure is too high or too low, it can be annoying. But it can also cause expensive repairs to your plumbing, and you should investigate and take care of it immediately if you’re noticing a problem. Even if you feel that the damage is occurring slowly, you may not realize when the pressure problem started.
If you’re experiencing low pressure, you may be taking too long in the shower rinsing off your soap and shampoo.
Filling your washer may seem to take forever.
When you notice this, test it as soon as you can. You can get a water pressure gauge from any hardware store. If it’s under 30 psi, you could be looking at serious problems.
The most likely cause of low pressure is a leak somewhere. This will run up your water bill astronomically before you even realize what hit you. The water build-up can also cause serious damage, wherever it is, to your property. To check for a leak, test the pressure, then turn off your water and don’t use it for two hours and test again. If you get a higher number this time, you have a leak.
Other sources of the problem could be something in your pipes, such as build-up of debris or minerals. You can have a plumber check this. Another possibility is that the problem is coming from outside, with the water being delivered to you that way. You can fix this with a pressure tank, which can adjust the water pressure.
On the other hand, your water pressure could be too hard. If you hear a loud thumping noise when you turn the water on, or if you just feel like it’s coming out really hard, use a pressure gauge from the hardware store to test it.
If it’s over 80 psi, it’s too high.
High pressure will build up over time. It will affect not just your pipes but also your fittings and fixtures. Eventually your pipes will crack and break, and your fittings will fail.
Your water pressure may be too high because of its location. You may be at the bottom of a hill, or near another building which has a large need for water and which is affecting you. In cases like this, you can have a plumber install a pressure regulator. This will control how the water comes into your pipes, taking the load off your equipment.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Service Pros Plumbers. It is better to be safe than sorry when dealing with something as important as your home’s water system.