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Is My Water Pressure Too High?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jan 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM
Water Pressure Issues

We know low water pressure is an issue, but have you ever thought of high water pressure being a problem with your plumbing? This can actually lead to some serious issues that could affect all the plumbing appliances in your home.

How Do I Know If I Have High Water Pressure?

The easiest way to figure out if you have this issue is to check out your plumbing. Things like water coming out of your sink at excessive pressure is a good indicator of an issue, but we have some other good tricks to try. 

The answers to these six questions will determine if you need to call a plumber sooner rather than later.

  1. Are your faucets leaking or dripping even after you have replaced the washers?
  2. Are your toilets running even when not in use?
  3. Are you hearing strange banging noises coming from your pipes?
  4. Have you experienced some cold showers?
  5. Are your appliances making a lot of unnecessary noise?
  6. Do your appliances that use water, like your dishwasher, experience frequent breakdowns?

What Are The Consequences?

The result of high water is leaks in your plumbing system. These can be tiny pinhole leaks, and may only show up often, but even a small leak can lead to much bigger problems if it occurs in a spot where it can damage your walls or floor. Heavy pressure ignites a lot of stress on your appliances, like your washing machine and your hot water heater, all at once, in turn shortening their lifespan.

What Should My Pressure Be?

An ideal water pressure level is between 50-70 PSI. This is the level where pressure reduces water waste and strain on your appliances and plumbing system, whereas anything over that PSI will induce strain and water waste. You can always check your pressure, too!

  • Take a gauge and screw it onto your outdoor faucet.
  • The gauge will read the pressure amount currently being forced out.
  • If it's too high, contact us here at Ken's. We can adjust it for you and can give you recommendations on other ways to save on water.

Maybe your pressure it typically fine, and you find that it occasionally shoots over the 70 psi mark. We've seen this happen too, and we still suggest installing a pressure regulator on your main water line. This will slow down any flow entering your home and keep the pressure at the respected levels. 

Need Us To Come Check Your Pressure Out?

Not a problem for us here at Ken's Plumbing! If you need help identifying your problem and returning your water pressure to a livable level, or have other serious plumbing problems, just give us a call at (864) 242-5511 or click the banner below to schedule service online! You can also sign up for our Diamond Club to be sure your plumbing is getting regular check ups, and that what seems like insignificant problems are caught before they turn into big ones.

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Topics: Water, Plumbing