Is your water pressure too high?
While high water pressure might seem preferable to low water pressure, the reality is that it puts a tremendous amount of stress on your plumbing. In fact, excessively high water pressure is a leading cause of pipe and plumbing fixture problems. Here’s what you should know.
The typical signs
The longer your plumbing is exposed to high water pressure, the greater the risk of damage. Therefore, the following signs should prompt an immediate call to a plumber:
- Banging noises. If water is moving quickly through your pipes and then comes to an abrupt halt, it creates a loud banging sound inside the pipes referred to as water hammer.
- Leaks. High water pressure wears away at your plumbing, eventually causing fittings to leak and pipes to crack. Spitting faucets are another sign of trouble with your water pressure.
- Issues with appliances. If a new appliance starts to malfunction sooner than expected, high water pressure might be to blame, especially if the problem arises suddenly.
If you suspect that your water pressure is too high, you can check it yourself or hire a plumber to take a look.
The risk to your plumbing
If water is rushing through your pipes too quickly, it causes them to shake and rattle. Over time, this can loosen connections and create leaks. If this damage goes unnoticed and unrepaired, it can eventually cause large cracks and extensive water damage.
Additionally, fixtures and appliances such as your faucets, toilets, washing machine and dishwasher are designed to handle standard water pressure, This means that prolonged exposure to high water pressure increases the risk of damage and can shorten their lifespan.
The potential causes
High water pressure is typically the result of factors such as where your home is located or whether there’s an issue with the water supply. For example, close proximity to tall buildings or fire hydrants means the water pressure in your area will likely be relatively high.
Luckily, a pressure reduction valve will usually fix the issue. This part can be found in most plumbing supply stores. However, it’s best to leave the installation to a professional.
Call a plumber in Vancouver
Whether you’re dealing with flooding from a leak or concerned about banging pipes in your home, the team at Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating can help. We have an emergency plumber available 24/7 to deal with urgent issues. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or drop by our plumbing supply shop in Vancouver.