If you’ve ever had to live with low water pressure, you know how frustrating it can be to wash in a halfhearted trickle of water. It’s virtually impossible to get a decent shower with low water pressure. And it makes good water pressure feel truly glorious.
But what if your water pressure is too high? You may think it would be better for showering, but high water pressure causes its own set of problems, and can in fact cause serious damage to your plumbing. Many issues can be caused by too high water pressure, and all of them can lead to costly repairs.
So what are the signs your water pressure is too high?
If you notice any of the following signs, call Doug’s to check your water pressure.
- Banging Pipes
- Leaking Faucets
- Running Toilets
- Faucet “Spits” As You Turn It On
- Short Water Heater Service Life
- Short Washing Machine Service Life
- Short Dishwasher Service Life
If your water pressure is consistently above 80 psi, Doug’s will install a water pressure regulator on the main water line coming into your home. This pressure regulating valve will ensure that your water pressure doesn’t get too high and endanger your plumbing.
Pressure Regulator Trivia
If you have a newer home, a pressure regulating valve is likely already in place; water pressure regulators have been required on all new homes since the early 2000s. However, these valves typically have a lifespan of about 7 to 12 years, so depending upon your home’s age, you may need to have yours replaced.
Is high water pressure really that big of a deal?
If your home water pressure is too high, you may think it’s an acceptable risk to spoil yourself with really strong showers. But the truth is that failing to resolve high water pressure problems could lead to significant and costly damage to your plumbing and appliances.
Your home’s plumbing system is no more equipped to handle constant high water pressure than your cardiovascular system is equipped to handle long-term high blood pressure. If you knew you had high blood pressure and were at risk for heart attack or stroke, you’d take medicine to lower your blood pressure.
So rather than put your plumbing system at risk of leaks and appliance failures, why not go ahead and check that your home water pressure isn’t too high? Doug’s is available every day at (985) 746-1116 to care for all your plumbing needs!