How to Fix High Water Pressure
Why it’s bad and how to fix it
Everyone dreads taking a shower with low water pressure, but water pressure that is too high can also be a problem. The ideal water pressure is between 45 and 55 pounds per square inch (PSI), anything over 60 PSI is considered excessive pressure. So why is high water pressure bad? How can you tell if your water pressure is high and how do you fix it? We’ve broken it all down for you.
Why High Water Pressure Isn’t Good
For starters, high water pressure means that a lot of water will be wasted, which is harmful to the environment and your wallet. For every 10 minutes of water use, excessive water pressure can waste anywhere from 6 to 26 gallons of water, which results in a very expensive water bill.
High water pressure can also put a lot of stress on your plumbing system and reduce the life expectancy of a lot of appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters. It can erode pipes, causing a greater risk of them breaking, leaking and overall failing. Think of high water pressure like high blood pressure; left untreated, it can cause a lot of serious problems.
3 Signs of High Water Pressure
There are a few telltale signs of high water pressure, and if you’re experiencing any of these you should get your water pressure checked as soon as possible.
- Noisy pipes – Do you hear a banging sound in your plumbing sometimes? This happens when a fast and powerful flow of water suddenly stops moving, which happens when you have high water pressure and suddenly turn off a faucet.
- Leaking faucets – Faucets have a lot of small parts that can be worn down much quicker with high water pressure. If your faucets start to leak when another fixture, like your shower, is using water or it sprays water in a different angle from the typical steady stream, this can be an indicator that you have high water pressure.
- Malfunctioning appliances – If any of your water appliances, such as your washing machine, water heater or dishwasher, are leaking, it could be a sign that they’re under stress from excessive water pressure. Similarly, if they wear out and need to be replaced a lot sooner than expected, it could be because of a result of your water pressure.
How to Fix It
You’ve determined that you have high water pressure, now what? Depending on the cause, you may be able to easily fix the problem with a pressure reduction valve (PRV). A PRV is a device installed on the main water line that slows down all the water going into your home. If your home was built after 2002, it already has one installed per the International Plumbing Code. These valves have a lifespan of 7-12 years, so if your home is older than that, it may be time for an upgrade.
Whenever you need help replacing your PRV, determining how old your current system is, or identifying other solutions to your water pressure problems, contact Mason Plumbing. Our plumbing technicians can diagnose and fix any water pressure or other plumbing issues, so request a service today.