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The Highs and Lows of Your Water Pressure

In our first-world country lives of hidden luxuries, it is usually assumed that high water pressure is a good thing, right? No one prefers their showers to limply drizzle out of the showerhead. However, there are actually certain danger that are the result of water pressure that is too high (or too low).

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It may cause serious (a.k.a. expensive) damage to the interior of your home, such as leaks, pipe damage, and water waste. While in some cases the water pressure is up to 100 psi (usually only buildings by fire hydrants or tall structures), most home should not have water pressure over 80 psi.

Here are some truths about your water pressure.

The first step is always to figure out exactly what the problem is in order to diagnose it. A lot of water is wasted due to high water pressure. It is estimated that homeowners could save between 30000 to 40000 gallons of water on an annual basis if the water pressure is kept at the recommended level. The following are possible problems due to high water pressure or low water pressure:

Water Hammer

The ‘water hammer’ is the sound water makes when it is stopped abruptly after flowing at very high speed (high water pressure). This may be because the water is being stopped by a valve. The water continues to exert high force on the object blocking its way and this force may result in joint or valve leaks. You might try reducing your home’s water pressure slightly.

Pipe Damage

High water pressure can cause your pipes to erode or leak. It may also cause damage to equipment like faucets, toilets, and washing machines, causing them to leak. You can repair the leaks for the time being, however, the life of that repair will be very short especially if the water continues to flow at high pressure. This may also lead to a rise in household costs. We recommend calling in the professionals for this one.

Faulty Plumbing

This is by far the largest contributing factor to low water pressure in your shower, hoses, and sinks. Finding out whether you have been victim to a bad plumbing job is rather easy. Since the problem is with the connections in your home, you’ll need to isolate the problem. Turn on the shower (or suspected faucet) with all other fixtures closed. Keep an eye on the pressure in as you gradually turn on another faucet in the home. If there are any changes in the pressure, it’s time to call in the Deer Valley Plumbing troops.

What do I do?

Of course, the municipal water supply might be to blame for your high water pressure or low water pressure problems. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot to be done if this is the case (aside from contacting the city and rallying your neighbors). Remember, before you get carried away with ideas of water pressure grandeur, the problem might be as simple as a leaky pipe or a clogged faucet. Check your pipes using your home’s water pressure regulator, which looks like this and is usually located in your garage or on the side of your home.

DVP is always here to answer any of your high or low water pressure questions! (Even if its as simple as ‘What’s our favorite faucet and showerhead appliance company’.) Give us a call anytime or visit our services page to discover helpful tips and tools for the rest of your home’s plumbing systems! 602.832.8418