Does your faucet trickle to a low stream when your dishwasher is running? Or does water burst out of your faucet at an excessive rate? Faulty water pressure can be annoying, but it is usually a sign of a more serious underlying problem – which could be causing havoc on your plumbing system. Avoid a plumbing disaster and check your water pressure today.
Is Your Water Pressure Too High?
High water pressure (80 psi or greater) not only wastes water, but it also puts strain on your plumbing system. Over time this strain will cause your pipes to spring leaks and fixtures and fittings to break. You may have high water pressure if your faucet flow comes out in too forceful a blast or if you notice a consistent thumping sound when you turn your faucets on or off. Leaky faucets may also be a sign of high water pressure.
A common way to fix high water pressure is to have your plumber install a pressure regulator on your main water line. This device helps regulate the pressure from the public water main and reduces it to be compatible with household plumbing and fixtures. It also prevents pressure surges from entering the home plumbing system from the public main line.
Is Your Water Pressure Too Low?
While low water pressure might just seem like an inconvenience, it can actually be a sign of a serious problem. Low pressure could be caused by a clogged pipe, such as mineral buildup. Or worse, you might have a leaky or damaged pipe, which could be causing slow but considerable damage to your home.
To determine if you have low pressure, pick up a water pressure gauge from your hardware store. Be sure to call your plumber if the reading is below 30 psi.
If you suspect your pressure is too high or too low, Mr. Green Plumbing is here to help. Our experts can test your water pressure, diagnose why it is too high or low, and make any needed repairs to your plumbing system to keep your water flowing within an optimal pressure range.