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Do you have water pressure problems? Are you unable to shower while someone else is doing laundry or dishes? Maybe you have rusty water coming out of the faucets.  These are all signs of worn-out water piping.Dangers associated with high water pressure problems.

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High Water Pressure Problems

High water pressure assumes a gauge reading of 80 psi or higher, compared to the ideal pressure of 50-60 psi. PSI refers to a pound per square inch, a pressure measurement from a push of one pound-force applied to an area of one square inch. Higher pressure in plumbing means more force. Home appliances and fixtures can handle up to 80 psi, after which point they are at risk of failure of bursting pipes. High water pressure makes water pour out of a faucet or showerhead at an exceedingly fast rate.

Typical dangers associated with high water pressure:


 

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Water hammering is the sound water pressure makes while surging through pipes. Pipes can also creak and groan, which is not only annoying but hazardous if the pipes are pushed until they burst.

  • Water heater breakage. Excessive pressure places strain on water heaters due to thermal expansion. Hot water heaters expand as they heat (as does any other material), and the extra pressure can cause them to break at the seams. Talk to an experienced plumber about installing pressure relief valves, which will eliminate the risk of this problem.
  • Water waste. Higher pressure means that water is coming out of the tap or showerhead at a higher-than-necessary speed. Reducing the pressure to acceptable levels saves water and lessens the likelihood of overtaxed, leaky faucets. When pressure is too high, faucets, hose connections, and showers can drip because water pressure forces the water out even when the faucet is turned off.

Typical dangers associated with high water pressure:


 

Water hammering is the sound water pressure makes while surging through pipes. Pipes can also creak and groan, which is not only annoying but hazardous if the pipes are pushed until they burst.

  • Water heater breakage. Excessive pressure places strain on water heaters due to thermal expansion. Hot water heaters expand as they heat (as does any other material), and the extra pressure can cause them to break at the seams. Talk to an experienced plumber about installing pressure relief valves, which will eliminate the risk of this problem.
  • Water waste. Higher pressure means that water is coming out of the tap or showerhead at a higher-than-necessary speed. Reducing the pressure to acceptable levels saves water and lessens the likelihood of overtaxed, leaky faucets. When pressure is too high, faucets, hose connections, and showers can drip because water pressure forces the water out even when the faucet is turned off.

Low Water Pressure Problems

  • You’ve sprung a leak. Low water pressure often results from a leak within the plumbing system. Water pressure follows the path of least resistance. So it will cause water to rush out, which leaves less available pressure for other fixtures and appliances.
  • Pipes are corroded. Corrosion in galvanized iron plumbing is common, especially in older homes. The corrosion builds over time until it restricts water flow. This often occurs in valves found under the sink or bath. Plumbers remove these valves and chip away some of the corrosion, but this is a short-term fix. A qualified and honest plumber can determine whether a complete replacement with copper pipes is warranted.
  • Your water pressure regulator isn’t working
    Regulators adjust very high pressure from the water main to a level that is suitable for residences, usually 40 to 45 psi. These devices are not failsafe and can cause problems that result in low water pressure — including a mistakenly low-pressure setting and blockages due to debris,
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