When it comes to both your comfort when using water fixtures and your monthly water bill, water pressure levels are a very important factor. Water pressure that’s too low risks improper water usage, while water pressure that’s too high – the more common issue for homeowners – risks everything from an inflated water bill to damage to your pipes and other parts of the plumbing system.
At Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air, our plumbing repair services include assessing water pressure throughout your system if you’re worried about its levels, plus remedying high water pressure concerns if they’re present. Here’s everything you need to know about this subject, from why high water pressure is an issue to the signs and solutions available.
Risks of High Water Pressure
For starters, as we noted above, high water pressure can significantly inflate your water bill. Water pressure that’s too high will waste gallons upon gallons of water just for every few minutes of use, adding up to a much larger bill than usual.
In addition, high water pressure risks damage and erosion to your pipe system. This is due to both the additional pressure on the pipes and the higher quantities of water passing through them. It leads to a higher risk of cracks or breaks within the pipes, greater leak prevalence, and a reduced lifespan for both the pipes in question and the plumbing fixtures the water is moving toward.
Signs of High Water Pressure
Some of the signs you may have high water pressure in your home include:
- Leaking faucets: Particularly if you notice faucet leaks when you’re using another plumbing fixture, high water pressure could be the cause.
- Banging sounds: High water pressure also often creates banging or knocking noises within the pipes as it moves around within them.
- Running toilets: A rarer sign of high water pressure is toilets that run continuously with no other explanation.
General Water Pressure Range
If you have a water pressure gauge, or if you’ve called upon our team of plumbers to test your home’s water pressure levels, the optimal range for most plumbing systems is between 45 and 55 psi, or pounds per square inch of pressure. If you find pressure to be over 60 psi, this is too high and you should ask our plumbers about solutions.
One common such solution is the installation of a pressure reducing valve, abbreviated PRV. These valves automatically reduce water pressure to a lower level, reducing the strain on your system and limiting your water bill to a more normal range.
For more on high water pressure in your plumbing fixtures, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air today.