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Under Pressure – What to Do if You Have Too Much Water Pressure

Water pressure issues can go both ways, either you have too little or too much. Most of the time we hear complaints about not enough water pressure, but what do you do if you have too much water pressure? For those of you suffering from low water pressure, you’re probably thinking “how can you have too much of a good thing?” The truth of the matter is, is that too much water pressure can lead to all sorts of plumbing problems if not addressed right away. Here’s what to do if you have too much water pressure.

How to Tell if You Have Too Much Water Pressure Running water from a kitchen sink faucet

If you have too much water pressure, chances are you are well aware. Simple observation will be the first indication that you have a problem. The suggested psi for a home is 80, however, sometimes that number can creep up to 100 and more. When this happens, you might notice water blasting out of your faucets and showerheads. This may make for a great shower; however, it could be doing damage to your plumbing system, not to mention cause your water bill to rise. If you are unsure what your psi you can test it with a gauge that fits right onto the hose bib. These are inexpensive and easy to use and available at the hardware store.

Water pressure gaugeWhat Causes Too Much Water Pressure

As with most plumbing problems, there are several reasons why you may be suffering from too much water pressure:

  • You live at the bottom of a hill. Since water naturally runs downhill, this can cause too much water pressure.
  • Your local water municipality can regulate higher water pressure in order to meet demands. This might be the case if you live in a tall building or hear a fire hydrant.
  • Thermal expansion in your home's plumbing as the result of water being heated by your water heater.

Whatever the cause, it is important to get to the root of the problem in order to prevent complications with your plumbing system.

Side Effect of Too Much Water Pressure

Aside from having water blast out of your faucets and showerheads, too much water pressure can also cause pinhole leaks in your pipes. Pinhole leaks can cause water damage to walls, flooring, and the surrounding area, and also lead to bigger more costly leaks. In addition, to damaging your plumbing, too high-water pressure can also damage your water-using appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine. These appliances have a recommended psi of no bigger than 80. Anything over can cause damage. Too much water pressure can also cause your water bill to rise unexpectedly.

What Can You Do?

The best solution for fixing too much water pressure is to install a pressure regulator on your main water line. This will help slow the flow of water when it is entering your home and regulate the pressure to where it is supposed to be. This is a simple solution, that will save you money on your water bill and on future preventable plumbing repairs. Contact Courtesy Plumbing to learn more.