Given the choice between high water pressure and low, it would be a no brainer, right? Taking a shower, washing your car, or trying to fill up that pot with water are not as satisfying or efficient when you have weak water pressure. It’s safe to say that we all prefer high water pressure , but that luxury doesn’t come absent of a consequence to your home, or your wallet! In fact, high water pressure can actually take a tremendous toll on your pipes.
What’s Considered High?
It may seem fairly simple to tell the difference between low, average, and high water pressure, but where exactly does the line between them fall? Speaking technically, 60 pounds per square inch (PSI), is considered to be exceptionally high for a home. In order to run efficiently, the goal is to be around 45 to 55 PSI. Now, you may not have a way to measure this specifically, so how else can you tell if your water pressure is too high?
If your pressure is through the roof, you will probably hear some sounds in your plumbing fixtures, such as banging pipes or knocking noises. This is caused from how quickly and recklessly the water is being forced through the pipes.
Excessive pressure can also sometimes cause toilets to run. If you have tried all the normal fixes for your constantly running toilet and it still has not been solved, your water pressure may be too high.
Just like running toilets, high water pressure can also make your faucets leak. If you have already been down the path of tightening and checking and the leak is still occurring, the pressure might be to blame.
Effects of High Water Pressure
Extensive periods of time with high water pressure can cause plumbing fixtures and pipe joints to loosen, causing leaks.
Cracks and Breaks
High water pressure leads to more erosion, which can lead to your pipes cracking or breaking much faster than they would normally.
More Repairs and Replacements
With high water pressure, your pipes and appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters, all have a shortened life span. This means more frequent repairs and replacements.
High Utility Bills
More water pressure means more water used. Often, this water is actually wasted. This excess water translates into higher utility bills, and those costs can add up fast.
As you can see, high water pressure has many effects on your home and your wallet. If you have experienced damages due to high pressure, think your pressure may be too high, or just want a general plumbing check up, contact our experts today.