When it comes to certain water fixtures in your home, water pressure is everything. Having high water pressure might seem great, especially during a shower after a long day – but it could also be a sign of overly pressurized water. Excessive water pressure puts extra strain on your pipes, fixtures, and appliances, leading to more frequent replacements and leaks.
Of course, there are differences between healthy and overly pressurized water pressure, but most can’t tell the difference until it’s far too late.
What causes high water pressure?
While a municipal water supplier is in charge of distributing water through the homes and buildings throughout your community, the standard home water pressure may be higher because of higher water pressure requirements needed from high-rise buildings, office buildings, and other facilities.
Another cause for excessive water pressure could be overheating water tank systems, as heated water in the tank increases overall water pressure.
What excessively high water pressure can do to your plumbing
Left unchecked, excessively high water pressure can:
- Put extra stress and damage your pipes and other plumbing fixtures
- Shorten the lifespan and hinder the overall performance of your home’s water fixtures and appliances
- Fixture leaks because the stoppers will be unable to prevent water from forcing its way through
How to identify excessively high water pressure
Fortunately, there are some simple ways to determine whether the water pressure is too high. These indicators include:
- High monthly water bills
- Your home’s water pressure gauge level is above average
- Sudden leaking around pipes and water fixtures
- Loud, continuous running toilets
Have a plumber check your water pressure
High water pressure can cause damage to your plumbing (and home) if you don’t know what red flags to look for. If you’re unsure whether high water pressure will or has already caused damage to your pipes, don’t put it off any longer. Call the Amarillo plumbing experts at Pratt Plumbing.
We’re here to answer any water pressure-related questions. To get started, give us a call at (806) 373-7866.