Any pressurized system is delicate, and balance must be maintained to keep all moving parts working efficiently. Like the strain high blood pressure places on your body, high water pressure can damage plumbing, namely in the form of leaks that can compromise connectors, pipes, hoses, and water heaters. If left untreated, these stressed components can fail and damage not only your plumbing but your wallet. So, if you suspect high water pressure is causing problems, here are a few things to watch out for.
Common Signs Water Pressure is Too High
If plumbing struggles due to high pressure, it will let you know. If you notice any of the following, having your water pressure checked is the next step to re-aligning the system.
- Leaky faucets
- Premature failing of water-using appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine
- Noisy pipes (you might hear a banging sound)
- Malfunctioning water heater
- Running toilet(s)
Water Pressure Check
A simple water pressure check can diagnose this issue, and the task can be performed at home or by a professional. Licensed plumbers have the equipment and expertise to evaluate your water pressure and make necessary recommendations, but if you prefer to do the job yourself, you can purchase a water pressure test gauge and attach it to the drain connection on your water heater or any outside faucet.
Most homes run best if water pressure sits between 50 and 70 PSI. If yours exceeds this range, you have a couple of options depending on the age of your home.
Fixing High Water Pressure
Most houses built after 2002 have a pressure regulating valve (PRV) located near the water shut-off valve, but older homes likely do not. A PRV offers several benefits, including increased plumbing efficiency, lowered water pressure, reduced water consumption, and lower water bills. If you already have a PRV, it should be replaced every 7 – 12 years. If not, experts recommend having one installed to increase overall plumbing quality.
If a running toilet or other issue has you questioning your water pressure, having it remedied right away will help prevent further inconvenience or damage. Your home’s plumbing is not a system to neglect, and having professionals evaluate, diagnose and service your water pressure can help your plumbing operate at peak levels.
The experts at Five Star Plumbing know how to help. Call us today at (361) 400-0244 in Corpus Christi and (210) 446-4570 in San Antonio.