While high water pressure might not seem like a serious issue — it can result in a cluster of costly problems. But, what’s considered high water pressure? What causes it? What are the signs? And is there anything you can do to fix it?
Causes of High Water Pressure
Your home is at the bottom of a hill.
While this cause of high water pressure may surprise you, it’s actually very common. The gravity of living at the bottom of a hill can certainly cause high water pressure.
You live in the city.
If your home is in or near a big city, your local water company may be keeping the water pressure high to accommodate the corporate buildings and fire hydrants nearby.
Your water heater is causing thermal expansion.
If you have high water pressure, your water heater could be responsible. As your home’s water volume fluctuates from being heated, your water heater may be causing thermal expansion — which changes water pressure.
Signs of High Water Pressure
If you’ve noticed any of the following signs, your home may have high water pressure.
- Your home’s pipes are making loud, banging noises. (Water Hammer)
- Your sink and shower faucets are leaking or dripping.
- Your home’s hot water is running out too fast.
- Your toilets are running continuously.
What water pressure level is too high?
If you suspect your home’s water pressure is high, a water pressure reading will be able to confirm your suspicions. The typical water pressure for a home is between 40 and 60 PSI. A reading higher than 60 PSI is considered high water pressure — and a reading below 40 PSI is considered low water pressure.
What happens if your water pressure is too high?
While high water pressure may seem like a harmless nuisance, it can actually cause quite a bit of plumbing drama. If left untreated, high water pressure can lead to many different plumbing issues such as:
- Costly Energy Bills
- Damage to Plumbing Pipes
- Plumbing Leaks
- Broken Dishwasher
- Exploding Water Heater
How To Fix Water High Water Pressure in 5 Steps
Fortunately, you can take some measures to fix your home’s high water pressure by adjusting the water pressure regulator. Making this adjustment is relatively quick and can be done in a few short steps.
Step 1. Shut Off the Water
Locate the water main and slowly turn the shutoff valve to the Off position.
Step 2. Adjust the Water Pressure
Locate the water pressure regulator and carefully loosen the locking nut. In a counter-clockwise direction, slowly unscrew the locking nut to decrease the water pressure.
Step 3. Re-Test the Water Pressure
Using the water pressure gauge, re-test the system to make sure the pressure has been adjusted to be between 40 and 60 PSI.
Step 4. Secure the System
Once you’ve adjusted the pressure to where it needs to be, secure the lock nut on the regulator with a wrench to ensure the adjustment screw stays in place.
Step 5. Turn the Water Back On
Go back to the water main and carefully turn the main water valve back to the On position. Then, let your faucet run for a couple of minutes to get rid of any trapped air.
Call Plumbing Professionals in Broward, Palm Beach, or St. Lucie
Do you need help fixing your water pressure? At Sansone Air Conditioning Electrical & Plumbing, we are always ready to help you. If you live in Broward, Palm Beach, or St. Lucie, we will fix your home’s water pressure and make sure your plumbing is in optimal condition.
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