The Importance of Water Pressure

If you were to turn on your faucet now and water only trickled out you would probably notice. Trying to shower with low water pressure would be very frustrating so you might pick up the phone right away and call your local plumber. But, what if I told you that you may have a water pressure problem, and you might not even know it?

Water travels a long way before it gets to your bath tub, and chances are that it services many people before and after you. Because of this, the company that supplies the water to your home has to ramp up the pressure in order to service everybody. This pressure is often times too high for a residence, which should be at 80 PSI MAX and preferably lower (as low as 40 PSI). So the trick is to keep it within this range, but how do we do that?

Watts Water Pressure Regulator
Watts Water Pressure Regulator

Most homes are equipped with a water pressure regulator in order to properly reduce the pressure. The pressure regulator has two jobs. The first job is to reduce the water pressure going in to the home. The second job is to maintain the proper water pressure when you open multiples fixtures at the same time. A drop in pressure when you open more than one fixture is a symptom of a failed regulator. Though you can still have a failed regulator without this symptom so it’s important to check your pressure periodically with a water pressure gauge that you attach to your hose bib.

High water pressure can cause a whole host of plumbing problems. Some common issues would be failed toilet fill valves and copper leaks. Pipes can burst under your slab or in your wall, if you’re lucky you will be home. That’s why it’s important to keep up with what your water pressure is currently. This is a process that only takes a few moments and could potentially save you thousands of dollars. Let’s keep your plumbing system healthy! Call today if you need a hand.

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