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Why You Should Fix Water Pressure Problems

Most homeowners are not too concerned with household water pressure especially since there is a pretty much big range for what is known to be as just the right amount of pressure. But there are also different instances where the pressure can be quite extreme and that will eventually cause problems.

Having low water pressure can be quite annoying. However, it does not stop there. There are underlying causes that result to either too low or too high water pressure. If you are experiencing a high water pressure, it could cause serious problems to your plumbing. That is why although there is a big range when it comes to just having the right pressure, it is important that you take the time to inspect and test your household water pressure. If you notice any signs of the problem, investigate it and take the necessary action to ensure that it is within the right range.

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Checking Water Pressure

When you are inside the shower, you can easily notice if there is a low water pressure. It is difficult to rinse away shampoo or soap. Even in the kitchen, you will notice this problem. When you want to fill in water to your pot, it’s turn takes a long time. You will also notice that there is a whistling sound that usually comes out of the faucet when it is in use.

Now, how do you test the water pressure? One effective way is to use a water pressure gauge. You can easily purchase it at any hardware store. Using this gauge you can test the pressure right at the hose spigot. If it is below 30 psi, it is too low and you need to fix it.

What are the causes of low water pressure? There are various causes and many of them could be troubling and damaging. One of the reasons for the drop in water pressure can be attributed to a leaky pipe which also means that you are wasting water and increasing water cost. Worse, it can also damage your house.

To see if there is a leak, just turn off all of the appliances in your household that use water and examine the meter reading. For 2 hours, do not use water. After that read the water meter again. If you notice that there the reading increased even after you have turned off all of the appliances, there is a leak.

Another underlying cause could be attributed to pipe restrictions. This usually happens when there is mineral buildup. This problem can get worse especially if there are buried pipes which could result to blockage. In this case, you will need a professional plumber to help you diagnose the problems using camera and other tools.

There are cases where low water pressure is attributed to the local water municipality. Using a pressure tank, this does not have to be a major problem. You can simply increase the pressure of the water and that’s it.

Dealing with High Water Pressure

Some homeowners would experience high water pressure. You have high pressure when you notice that the water comes out of the fixtures way to hard. There is also the hard thumping sound when turn the faucet off. If you are experiencing this problem, it could be that you have high water pressure. Use the gauge and if it is above 80 psi then you have too high pressure.

This only means the pipes fixtures and fittings are too strained. This problem may not be evident but in a long period of time, it could damage the pipes and fittings.
There are households that have high pressure. You often find houses living in steep slopes or uphill have high water pressure in order to pump water to their households. But if you are not living in such terrain and you notice the following signs, then it only goes to show you have excessive pressure.

To avoid experiencing extremes in water pressure, you can ask a plumber to install a regulator in your main line.

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