Nothing is more frustrating than trying to get shampoo out of your hair under a showerhead that has a weak water flow. While low water pressure is not ideal in many circumstances, water pressure that is too high can be equally problematic. In fact, water pressure that exceeds 75 PSI can cause costly damage to the plumbing and appliances throughout your home. When it comes to water pressure, stronger is not always better.
You can consider water pressure in the same way you do blood pressure. While you need a certain amount of pressure to effectively and efficiently move blood throughout your body, too much pressure or force can put too much strain on your heart and arteries. Likewise, high water pressure can be unsafe for your plumbing lines and cause damage to your home appliances.
Here are some ways that high, unregulated water pressure can wreak havoc on your home plumbing:
- Decrease lifespan of dishwasher, washing machine, water heater and other appliances
- Rise in energy bill (increased amount of heated water)
- Damage to pipe joints
- Plumbing leaks
- Water heater explosion (older models)
- Rupture your washing machine hose, supply line, icemaker line or water hose
Water Pressure Regulators Are the Solution
If you notice banging pipes or spitting faucets, this may be early warning signs that your water pressure needs to be lowered. To avoid water pressure that is too high, a water pressure regulator can be installed. Water pressure regulators cut the “street” pressure down to a useable, safe pressure. At Metro Septic and Plumbing, we proudly install the most proven options in water pressure regulators for your home or business. Call today to get a free quote!