Billy the Sunshine Plumber can help you if the water pressure in your home is too high.
You walk most mornings along the Pinellas Trail with a friend. But she missed this morning’s stroll because she was having water pressure problems in her home. Specifically, the water pressure was too high.
Now you’re wondering about the water pressure in your home and whether you should worry about its being too high.
Well, yes, you should be concerned if your water pressure is too high – above 80 psi.
“Most plumbing fixture manufacturers recommend their products be used with water pressure no higher than 80 psi. Anything higher than that can cause fixtures such as water heaters, faucets, shut-off valves and toilet parts to fail prematurely,” Angie’s List says. “Water pressure to your house is very similar to blood pressure in your body. High blood pressure puts stress on other parts of your body and can cause serious problems if left untreated. People don’t always realize they have high water pressure, but there is unwanted stress being applied to the entire home’s plumbing system.”
If you’re not sure that high water pressure can do damage, just think of driveway maintenance folks who use high water pressure to clean years of grease and grime. Water pressure is powerful stuff.
But how do you know if you have high water pressure? Angie’s List says these symptoms can indicate your home’s water pressure is too high:
- “Banging pipes
- “Spitting from the faucet aerator when turning on a faucet
- “Short life of the water heater
- “Leaking faucets
- “Short life of a washing machine or dishwasher
- “Running toilets”
If you have noticed any of these symptoms or are still wondering about your water pressure, then you can buy a water pressure test gauge to accurately measure the pressure.
“If you have consistent water pressure in your home that exceeds 80 psi, you should have a water pressure regulator installed on a water line coming into the home. Some people call this a pressure regulating valve, or PRV,” according to Angie’s List. “If your home was built after 2002, a PRV may already be installed, since that was the year it became required on all new homes. However, a typical PRV’s lifespan is about 7 to 12 years. Usually this valve is located near your shut-off valve. Failing to address a high water pressure issue could lead to even more damage to your plumbing and appliances, not to mention high water bills, all of which can put a dent in your wallet.”
If you have a water pressure problem that you want fixed, then call the 24-hour plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.
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