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Under Pressure

In today’s fast-paced world, we all know how it feels to be under pressure. There’s always something demanding too much of our time, attention and energy, and it causes us an enormous amount of stress. If something doesn’t change and alleviate the pressure, we either spring a leak (e.g. get headaches, become irritable, have trouble sleeping, etc.) or we burst altogether (e.g. have a stroke). Either way, we all know that high pressure is not a good thing.

Moderate pressure on the other hand can be a great thing. It can keep us moving and motivated and help us do our jobs and chores. It’s just when the pressure gets to be too much that there becomes a problem.

Now take that analogy and apply it to your home’s water system and plumbing. It’s the exact same thing. While water pressure is necessary to help it get through the pipes, the pressure level can be a hazard if it gets too high, causing leaks, breaks and floods—none of which are fun or cheap to handle.

Your home’s water pressure is determined by its source. You either get water from a municipal supplier or from a well. If it is from the city, which also has to ensure the pressure for fire hydrants and city properties, the pressure will be set at a level that is too high for residences and need to be regulated by a pressure reducer. According to the Uniform Plumbing Code, a home’s water pressure should be between 50 and 70 pounds per square inch (PSI). Most household appliances are equipped to handle up to 80 PSI, but anything more than that can and will cause trouble, and most municipal levels are well above 100.

Common signs that your home’s water pressure is too high are intermittent leaks or drips, banging in your pipes or a toilet that runs occasionally without being used. Really clear signs include burst pipes or appliance hoses that have caused major flooding and home damage. That’s why, if you see or hear any of the early symptoms, it’s important to check your pressure.

Testing your home’s water pressure can be done by purchasing a gauge and attaching it to an outdoor faucet that is controlled by the same water source as the house. If high water pressure is detected, work will need to be done either to install or replace a pressure reducer.

At All-Star Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we are well-equipped to handle high water pressure problems. From checking the pressure itself to fixing the leaky pipes that have developed, our team of professionals will help you restore the safety of your home water system and help you avoid damage down the road.

So this week, consider your home. Remember how much you hate being under pressure and relate that to what it might be going through every day. Do what you can to release the pressure and ensure the stability and quality both your property and your future.

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1 Comment
  1. Thanks for sharing this information. I had never thought to check the water pressure within my house and the water pressure gauge sounds incredibly easy and effective!

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