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.

What to Do if Your Home’s External Pipe Breaks

outdoor plastic pipe repairMany homes here in Central Florida are made from concrete block. Consequently, the external pipes to items such as water sprinklers or outdoor spigots run on the outside of the home and are bolted or fastened against the surface of the concrete. Many of these pipes are made from PVC or other plumbing plastics.

Day after day these pipes are exposed to the rays of the sun. It may seem innocuous but over decades time, the suns rays can have a warping and degrading effect on these pipes. The pipe becomes brittle and one day while you are watering your lawn or flowers the pipe may snap. Now water is pouring out everywhere. What to do?

  1. Don’t panic. The amount of water escaping won’t really increase your bill that much. And the mild flood it creates will dissipate in 24 hours. Its Florida, we are used to an abundance of water.
  2. Turn off the source to that pipe. Many times there will be an an/off knob somewhere down the line. You can shut off the pipe. If there is no shut-off valve, just shut the house main water off until you can regroup.
  3. You can choose to cap this pipe or put a new faucet on it. The supplies are at the local hardware store. Make sure you have the correct size pipe and get yourself a saw and pipe glue.
  4. If you don’t trust your skills at pipe repair, call your local plumber. He can have you fixed up in a jiff. A repair like this can cost anywhere between $150-$250 depending on what needs to be done.

Again, this happens every day and you should not panic. Get yourself a nice new outdoor spigot and get back to watering your lawn and/or garden in now time.

How to Make Your Pipes Last Longer

water pressureWhen you own a home you want to keep your expenses down anyway possible. This goes for the short and long-term. Pipes eventually go bad in a home and replacing them can be very expensive. In this article we will go over methods to keeping your pipes lasting as long as possible.

Checking Water Pressure

This is a big one. Too much water pressure is bad for your pipes. Just a few PSI above the recommended level doesnt seem like much, but over years time it can do serious damage. It is suggested that you keep your PSI below 85. Continue reading

Water Heaters – Tankless vs Conventional

water heater infoThe goal in any industry is to make the product better and more efficient. This holds true for household appliances. There have been great strides made in plumbing as well. However, not all new innovations are the proper fit for every user.

The tankless water heater has been the latest innovation in the water heating business. Many people have installed them and are using them. But, a traditional tank water heater is still the most-used in the home and business. There is a certain reliability and effectiveness you get from a tank heater. Continue reading

Signs it May be Time to Repipe Your Florida Home

replace old plumbingThe dreaded repipe. Many home-owners are aware of the process. Your home’s piping is old and decaying and it is time to replace it. Sounds like an enormous project, one in which there will be workers walking through your house all day and plastic covers are draped from wall to wall.

It really isn’t that bad.

The fact is that you can get a nice repipe for a very affordable price. You don’t have to rip out your existing plumbing system. Many times the plumber can go through the attic and create a work around. Continue reading

Fixing Washing Machine Drain Clogs

washing machine drain clogYour washing machine works without a hitch 99.9% of the time. But there are a few things that can go wrong with this appliance. One such thing is a washing machine drain clog.

There is a drain behind the machine that allows for the dirty and /or sudsy water to be evacuated from the machine into your main sewer line. The machine has a special drain pipe which dumps directly into your sewer out line. Continue reading

Why are There Black Specks in my Water?

black specks coming out of faucet?

Do you have tiny black specks in your water?

If you are seeing black specks in your water then something is most definitely wrong. In this article we will explain what those specks probably are and how to get rid of them for good.

The most likely cause of black specs in your water are one of these four culprits:

  1. Pipe corrosion – Old corroded pipes will start to degrade and tiny pieces of the pipe will wash away in the water.
  2. Corroded Water Heater – If the black specks only seem to appear when you are using hot water, this may be due to an old corroded water heater.
  3. Are the Specks rubbery? This means they may be coming from the faucet/hose itself. Rubber seals and grommets can degrade over time and break apart piece-by-piece.
  4. Are you on Well Water? – For our friends outside of city limits on well water, if you notice black specks in your water you probably will see brown and lightly colored specks too. This could mean that your well is pulling some dirt into the system. There are many other important reasons to install a good filter in your well water system.

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You Come Back Home and Your House is Flooded

what to do if your house floodsThe only reason we are writing an article on this topic is because it happens. More often than you may think. Here is what to do if this ever happens to you.

You and your significant other go out for dinner and a movie. When you come back home there is an inch or two of water covering the entire floor. Ughh.

Step 1: Don’t Panic.

Step 2: Find the source of the problem. Yes this mean walking through your water covered floors. Its a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.

Step 3: After you have identified what is leaking, shut off the house water supply. Continue reading

How to Unclog Toilet if Plunger isn’t Working

Diagram of a Toilet90% of all toilet clogs can be solved with the standard toilet plunger. This is an item you can buy at the dollar store and is worth its weight in gold when you really need it.

But there are times where you have a clog and the plunger isn’t working. This is a terrible feeling but remain calm. There are some steps you can try before you have to call a professional plumber.

In this article we list the step you can try on your clogged toilet before you have to call in the pros. Below are those steps: Continue reading

Increasing Home Retail Value with Plumbing Upgrades

Modern low flow shower head to improve home valueWe all know that upgrades of any type can increase your home’s value. But if you are really looking to give it a large boost in value, you should start with plumbing upgrades.

Many of these are items that people can see and touch. Modern plumbing fixtures brings a lot of value in the eyes on the home buyer. They know that they will not have to worry about replacing or working on these items anytime in the near future.

Low Flow Toilets

These toilets, also known as Low Flush Toilets, save the homeowner money in the long run. They are engineered to get the same flushing power at much less water consumption. Plus, some of the newer styles of toilet are very impressive looking. Continue reading