Avoid Damage from High Water Pressure

High water pressure can cause some severe damage to your plumbing. Mac Plumbing wants you to know what signs to look for and what to do about it.

High water pressure issues can include any of the following,

Leaking pipes

  • It puts a lot of unnecessary stress on pipes.
  • This can lead to loosened joints and pinhole leaks.

Water hammer

  • Water hammer is when you hear a loud banging noise when turning off a kitchen or bathroom faucet.
  • When your water flow stops or changes direction abruptly, high water pressure causes plumbing pipes to bang into one another or surrounding framing.

Damage to appliances

  • High water pressure can be hard on your water heater, washing machine, and dishwasher.
  • Loud noises made by the appliance indicate seals and mechanical parts are undergoing extreme wear and tear.

Higher utility bills

  • If you notice an abrupt increase in your water bill or hear that a neighbor with a similar-sized house is paying less than you are, it’s possible that your water pressure could very well be the culprit.

Running toilet

  • If you notice that your toilets keep running, it might be a faulty fill valve caused by the water pressure.
  • Toilet fill valves tend to wear out quickly with higher pressure.

What is the average pressure?

  • The average pressure used by running a faucet for 10 minutes should be 30 gallons at 50-PSI pressure, compared to 36 gallons at 60 PSI, the result of the extra pressure is wasted water and possible damage to your plumbing.

If you notice any of these signs, you may want to consider a water pressure regulator.

Our skilled and experienced plumbers at Mac Plumbing can help you identify any plumbing issues you may run into and recommend the right plumbing repair or replacement services for your home.

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