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All About Water Pressure

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 12:41pm

Water pressure describes the amount of force behind the flow of water through your home’s pipes. Most homeowners don’t think twice about their water pressure unless they experience a problem with a reduction in the amount of water they receive from their taps; however, your water pressure is a good indicator of the overall health of your plumbing. Water pressure that is too low can be annoying, while water pressure that is too high can pose a threat to your plumbing system and cause premature wear and leaks. Your Vancouver plumber is an excellent resource when it comes to understanding your home’s water pressure and making changes to improve the ease of daily tasks and protect your plumbing’s integrity.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be a frustrating situation for any homeowner. In most cases, low water pressure is a result of the plumbing in your home, rather than an issue on the supply side. The simplest way to determine whether low water pressure is coming from outside your home is to call your water provider for more information. Once you’ve confirmed that the municipality has not made adjustments, it’s best to contact a plumber to help you find the source of your low water pressure. Poor pressure can result from several causes, including debris or mineral buildup inside your plumbing pipes and leaks that cause water loss from the system before it can reach your taps. In both cases, your plumber can offer solutions, such as hydro jetting to clear out debris and buildup or leak repair to eliminate lost water and pressure. If your home’s plumbing is several decades old or inferior materials were used, deterioration may have reached a point where total repiping is the best solution to restore water pressure and improve the integrity of your overall plumbing system as well.

High Water Pressure

Although most people prefer high water pressure, excessively high pressure can set your plumbing up for problems. Over time, high water pressure can damage pipes and fittings, putting your home at higher risk for leaks and water waste. In most cases, high water pressure is due to the force with which water is delivered to your home—water suppliers often deliver water at high pressure to ensure proper performance in fire hydrants and multi-story buildings. If you suspect your home’s water pressure is too high, you can easily measure the pressure yourself using a store-bought pressure gauge or ask your plumber to take a measurement. Most homes don’t require water pressure above 80 PSI—if your water pressure is above this value, your plumber can help you take steps to reduce it. Water pressure regulators are mechanical devices that are attached to your incoming water main to reduce the pressure of all water that enters your home. These devices will last in place for many years, but should be checked periodically to ensure they are still working properly. Your plumber can check your regulator during every home plumbing maintenance inspection and let you know if the device is reaching the end of its lifetime and may require replacement.

Living with the right water pressure will provide the flow you need to bathe and wash items comfortably without putting your plumbing at risk. Your Vancouver plumber can help you evaluate your water pressure and offer solutions to improve your daily life that will also extend the longevity of your home’s interior plumbing. If you’d like to learn more about your plumbing and the factors that affect it, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus!

Have you ever had water pressure problems?

  • Our pressure seems fine, but now I know what to do if it changes.
  • My water pressure has always been low, I never realized my plumbing might be at fault.
  • I love my water pressure, but it may be too high—I’ll check!

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