What You Should Know About Water Pressure

Your home’s water pressure affects you more than you might think. From the expense and waste of extra water to the comfort of your daily shower, your water pressure matters. Especially if it is a sign of a problem, which you will want to know asap. What is a good water pressure for a house and what else do you need to know about it?

The water pressure coming to your house is determined by your municipal provider, but many homes don’t have a water pressure monitor, so how can you know if it is at the correct rate and is safe for your home? Here are the basics:

  • Ideally, Water pressure should come to your house between 60 and 70 psi. The whole acceptable range, however, is from 40 to 80 psi.
  • PSI stands for “pounds per square inch” and is the unit of measurement for pressure.
  • Any pressure higher than 80psi can cause plumbing issues, any lower than that range and it can make household functions like washing and showering challenging.
  • You can determine your water pressure by purchasing and applying a water pressure gauge to either an outside tap or to your water heater’s drain connection. Or you can always call your friendly plumber to help.

What Are The Symptoms Of High Water Pressure?

The symptoms of high water pressure are mostly what you might expect and a few things that might surprise you. If your water pressure is too high you will feel it at the tap. It may come out far too rapidly, or too hard, to be helpful or pleasant. It can cause leaky faucets, cause the early breakdown of your appliances that use water, and even cause alarming banging pipe sounds.  It can cause problems with toilets and over time excessive pressure can even cause cracks or leaks in your plumbing line.

How To Reduce Water Pressure In The Home

First, you will want to check for a pressure regulating valve (also known as a pressure reducing valve) and determine if it has become clogged or otherwise impaired. If you don’t have one, you can install one or call a reputable plumber to do it for you. A properly functioning valve will adjust high pressure down to an ideal range.

When Your Water Pressure Increases Suddenly

It can be alarming to realize your water pressure is suddenly much higher. The first possibility is that your municipality has increased the pressure and you can check and fix it the same way we have described. It can also occur when there has been repair work recently and an air bubble is trapped. In this case, simply running your tap for a bit will allow the air bubble to resolve. If that doesn’t help you may want to call in the pros.

Why It’s Important To Know

Whatever the cause, you will want to resolve the issue because low water pressure is downright frustrating, and high water pressure can damage your appliances, regulators, and systems. Either one can also be a sign of a larger problem so having that concern addressed by a professional is the best call. 

Whatever your plumbing issue, whether it is water pressure or anything else, we are able to help and can offer you a quick, free, and stress-free assessment of the situation and a free estimate to solve your plumbing problems. You can learn more at https://phendplumbing.com/ and give us a call at 480-388-6093. We’re here to help.