What is Water Pressure Over Recommended Max?
The issues that arise when we have consistently high water pressure have a tendency of creeping up on us. Think of it like blood pressure. When you go to the doctor for a checkup, it’s standard practice to measure your blood pressure. High blood pressure is a red flag for possible health problems down the road. Water pressure is the same way. Early detection and being proactive about fixing your home's high water pressure are key in avoiding more serious and potentially catastrophic plumbing failures in the future.
How to diagnose Water Pressure Over Recommended Max?
Nothing is going to tell you more about your home’s water pressure than an actual pressure gauge, which we’ll talk about later. But your home will give you some hints and clues to let you know it’s time to go and get an accurate reading.
Check up on Your Faucets / Fixtures- High water pressure can cause wear and tear on your faucets, fixtures, and appliance supply lines. If you notice that the water pressure may be too much, lowering the water pressure supplied to your homes plumbing system can address this issue.
- Check for Thermal Expansion - Are you experiencing high water pressure after using hot water and notice that your water pressure stabilizes after running some cold water? If so, you may be experiencing Thermal Expansion and may need to inspect your water heater.
What do I do about Water Pressure Over Recommended Max?
Over time high pressure could compromise your pipes and damage your appliances such as your washing machine and dishwasher.
- Universal Plumbing Code states that if the water supply is over 80psi, the installation of a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) is required.
- We suggest you get a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) installed. PRVs can be a key component to maintaining a leak free home.
- If you have an existing PRV installed, the base pressure may need to be adjusted lower or it may be time to replace your PRV.
- PRVs regulate the pressure of the city water as it enters your home, greatly reducing your risk of leaks and you will get more longevity from your plumbing system and water-using appliances.
- Install or service an Expansion Tank.
- Contact a local plumbing company if you need assistance with installing or replacing a PRV or Expansion Tank.