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What Causes High Water Pressure and How Do I Fix It?

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You probably know low water pressure can be an issue — no one wants to spend forever trying to wash shampoo out of their hair. Did you also know that high water pressure can be an even bigger problem than low water pressure?

Water pressure that’s too high can cause plumbing issues and wear out expensive appliances. Use this guide to learn more about the problems caused by high water pressure and how you can help keep your home’s water pressure at a safe level.

What Happens If My Water Pressure is Too High?

High water pressure puts excess strain on your plumbing system, including your pipes, seals and appliances that use water. As high volumes of water are forced through, the parts that make up your plumbing system are stressed by the pressure which can lead to a variety of problems.

How Do I Know if I Have High Water Pressure?

The normal range for water pressure in homes is between 40-80 pounds per square inch (psi). The easiest way to tell if you have high water pressure is by using a water pressure gauge. These inexpensive tools can usually be found at your local hardware store for less than $20.

To use the pressure gauge, attach it to a faucet with the water turned off. Make sure the gauge reads 0 psi before you turn on the water. Turn the water on and see where the needle on the gauge goes to. If it’s above 80 psi, you probably need to lower your water pressure.

Fixing High Water Pressure Helps Prevent Water Damage

Most modern homes are equipped with a water pressure regulator to help monitor your water pressure and keep it at the proper level. If you’re dealing with ongoing high water pressure, you should check on your regulator. You may be able to lower your water pressure by adjusting the regulator, or you might need to replace it with a new one.

Older homes may not have been constructed with a water pressure regulator. If you discover this to be the case, you should consider having one installed which typically requires the use of a plumber.

Fixing high water pressure helps extend the life of your plumbing and appliances, while also helping you avoid major plumbing issues caused by water leaks or burst pipes.

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