High water pressure may not seem like a big deal, but it has many of the same effects as high blood pressure. The result is a strained system and prematurely failing parts. While 50 to 70 pounds per square inch (psi) is the ideal range, most plumbing fixtures are designed to work with water pressure up to 75 psi. Anything higher than this can damage your pipes and fixtures. Call a Seattle plumber right away if you spot any of these signs of high water pressure in your house.
- Banging pipes: This is the most obvious indicator that your water pressure is too high. The banging sound, known as “water hammer,” occurs when water flow stops suddenly as a valve closes, causing shockwaves of pressure within the pipe. As you can imagine, the water hammer effect is quite forceful and may eventually cause leaks.
- Plumbing leaks: The force of high water pressure can lead to worn seals, pipe joints, fittings, and valves. The pipes themselves may even burst. The resulting plumbing leaks can happen with or without an audible water hammer effect.
- Noisy, short-lived plumbing appliances: Is your dishwasher excessively loud? Does your washing machine make tons of noise as it fills with water? These warning signs may mean water is flowing through the seals and mechanical fittings faster than intended. Ultimately, the noise isn’t just a nuisance—it can also shorten the lifespan of your appliances and make them fail prematurely.
- Limited hot water supply: Water heaters are designed to take in water at a set rate, compensating for the hot water being used without mixing it with the incoming cold stream. If the tank refills too quickly, cold water can overtake the hot water supply, limiting the amount of hot water you enjoy before it becomes lukewarm at the tap.
- High water bills: With high water pressure, it’s easy to consume more water than you intend to, even with low-flow fixtures. Watch for sputtering faucets that spray more forcefully than they should, especially when turned on full blast.
For most homes, a water pressure regulator is the most cost-effective way to reduce high water pressure. This device is installed on the main supply line near the water meter. Expect to replace your water pressure regulator every seven to 10 years for optimal results. If you already have one installed but still notice signs of high water pressure, your device could be overdue for replacement.
Whether you need help diagnosing plumbing problems or are ready to install a water pressure regulator, Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating can help. Our family-owned and operated company has served homes and businesses in the Puget Sound area for over 20 years. We’re committed to offering high-quality services at fair prices, so you never have to delay a much-needed plumbing repair. To request your next visit from a highly qualified Seattle plumber, please call us at (206) 938-3219 or contact us online today.