Your plumbing pipes see their share of wear and tear over the years. Naturally, as your plumbing pipes age, they become more susceptible to leaks and bursts which can cause a lot of damage and be expensive to repair. To prevent unnecessary leaks, it is important to reduce the amount of stress you put on your plumbing pipes. Here is what you can do.
Check Your Water Pressure
Water pressure can put a lot of unnecessary stress on your plumbing pipes. Particularly if your water pressure is high. High water pressure can affect your plumbing pipes, joints, faucets, and valves. The more fragile your plumbing pipes are, the more susceptible they will be to damage caused by high water pressure. Water pressure should rest between 40 and 85 psi. You can check your water pressure with a hose bib gauge. If your water pressure if over 85, a water pressure regulator valve needs to be installed.
Signs Your Water Pressure is too High:
- Bursts of water when faucets and showerheads are turned on.
- Loud banging sounds within the wall and floors when the water is turned off. This is called a water hammer and can cause damage to joints and cause leaks.
- Toilets keep running, or faucets continually drip.
- Premature wear of faucets and appliances.
In areas that is prone to hard water, it is always a good idea to invest in a water softener. Mineral deposits in water, particularly calcium and magnesium, can buildup inside plumbing pipes over time. This buildup can restrict the flow of water and cause corrosion on the joints and fittings that hold the pipes together. To check for hard water, inspect all plumbing fixtures for mineral buildup. You can also have your water tested by a professional. A water softener is a great investment to not only protect your plumbing pipes but also your plumbing fixtures and appliances.
Concerned about the stress you may be putting on your plumbing pipes? We are here to help! Schedule your appointment today to address your concerns. To learn more about high water pressure or installing a water softener, contact Courtesy Plumbing today!