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3 Reasons High Water Pressure Is Bad for Your Home

 

While strong water pressure is usually preferable to a weak flow, excessively high water pressure can lead to major plumbing issues. Here are three reasons why you want to avoid high water pressure in your home.

 

1. It can damage your pipes
The powerful current created by high water pressure can erode your pipes over time. This can lead to small leaks that eventually expand into large cracks or burst pipes.

 

2. It can wear out your appliances
A washing machine, dishwasher, water heater and other appliances connected to your water supply aren’t designed to withstand high water pressure. In fact, frequent exposure to strong water pressure can significantly reduce the lifespan of these devices. This premature wear and tear can also affect plumbing fixtures like faucets, showerheads and toilets.

 

3. It can increase your water bill
If your water pressure is too high, you use more water than necessary every time you turn on the tap or flush the toilet. This adds up and can lead to more costly water bills.

Signs your water pressure is too high
Here are a few indicators that the water pressure in your home is too strong:

 

● Banging pipes. This sound, caused by a pressure surge referred to as water hammer, is the most common sign that water is flowing too strongly through your pipes.

● Leaky fixtures. High water pressure can force water to seep out of closed faucets or cause your toilets to run constantly.

● Appliance malfunctions. If the appliances in your home connected to the plumbing system frequently leak or require repairs, high water pressure might be to blame.

 

If you suspect your water pressure is too high, you can use a pressure gauge to confirm the issue. This inexpensive tool can be found at most hardware stores. Simply attach it to any faucet or plumbing fixture to measure the pressure. Be sure to check at various times during the day since water pressure can fluctuate.

 

Plumbing services in the GTA
If the water pressure in your home is too high, a licensed plumber from Black Forest Plumbing can install a water pressure valve (also known as a regulation valve) near where the main water line enters your home. This device ensures a stable water pressure at a level that’s safe for your pipes and appliances. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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