How Too High Water Pressure Can Damage Your Plumbing

pipe burstingMany people out there enjoy high water pressure for their shower or outdoor garden hose. But there is such thing as too high water pressure. In this article we will look at some of the effects of having too high water pressure.

First let’s set a number for what is too high. Basically anything over 60 pond per square inch is consider too high in the plumbing industry. The industry standard is 45-55 PSI.

Damage

Too high water pressure can result in leaks, cracks, breakage and shorter life span for your pipes. This would all fall under the “erosion” category of damage.

Waste

Besides damaging your plumbing, too high of water pressure can waste between 5-30 gallons per every ten minutes. In an age where we discuss conservation and recycling as a must, water waste is right up there in terms of priority.

How Do I know?

Signs that your water pressure is too high includes loud or banging pipes, toilets that keep running, and leaking faucets. The water pressure is too great and causes the shut off valves to start to fail.

Solution

First off, if you have no experience with plumbing it probably a good idea to hire a professional. A lot can go wrong when you attempt plumbing work yourself. With that said, your excessively high water pressure can most likely be fixed by installing a pressure reducing valve (PRV).

In the end, water pressure that falls in between the suggested limits of 45-55 PSI is good for your plumbing, finances and conservation.

Call a professional plumber in Brevard County today and they can go over what is happening and how to fix it.

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