Almost everyone has a specific water pressure preference; your plumbing system does too. For some, a hard, pounding stream of water is just the thing to wake them up in the morning, for others, it’s a steady flow. Either way, there’s a fine line between water pressure that’s too high and too low. While both too high and too low water pressure can have pros and cons, we’re sharing how high water pressure is bad for your plumbing system. If you want to lower your water bills and maintain your plumbing system, keep reading.
What is Considered “Normal” Water Pressure?
Most home plumbing systems are engineered to withstand 80 PSI—Pounds Per Square Inch—of water pressure. But, keep in mind, because a home is designed to handle 80 PSI, it should never deal with water pressure that high. The ideal water pressure is between 50 and 70 PSI. Anything higher can put unnecessary stress on your plumbing system and ultimately lead to costly repairs.
What Causes High Water Pressure?
There are a few factors when it comes to why your home has higher than normal water pressure. One of the most common is if your home is at the bottom, or on, a hill. Gravity pulls water down hills at a faster rate than if your home were on a flat surface. That pull can cause natural water to flow through your plumbing system at a higher than normal PSI. Another cause could be your local water company. Some water companies keep water pressure high to satisfy the needs of larger buildings and fire hydrants.
How Can I tell if My Water Pressure is Too High?
There are a few tell-tale signs of high water pressure. While “Water Hammer” may sound like a great band name, it’s one of sounds to watch out for. Higher than normal water pressure will cause a hammering or banging noise when you turn on a faucet. Another obvious sign of too high water pressure are leaky faucets and toilets that are constantly running, even when they’re not in use.
Why is High Water Pressure Bad for My Plumbing System?
Simply put, high water pressure puts needless strain on your plumbing system. This strain can cause pin prick holes, which lead to larger holes and eventually leaks or even floods. All major repairs. High water pressure is bad for your plumbing system because it also weakens gaskets, plumbing fixtures, seals, and pipes. Not to mention, it’s a huge waste of water.
What Can I do to Treat High Water Pressure?
If you’re noticing higher than normal water pressure, there are a few things you can do. If your DIY plumbing skills are sharp, you can attempt to install a water pressure regulator yourself. The Spruce has a great tutorial. If you’re not—and unfortunately, may are not—we highly recommend calling a professional plumber to diagnose and treat your high water pressure.
Dealing with High Water Pressure? Call Service Champions
Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is the only Diamond Certified plumbing and HVAC contractor available for the homes of Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles Counties. Our specialists are committed to delivering the best of home comfort through expert technical care and the excellent customer service. If you’re dealing with high water pressure, contact one of our friendly representatives in our call center or request an appointment online today.