Low water pressure is a common homeowner complaint, but don’t ignore the downsides of water pressure that is too high. In fact, excessively high water pressure can wear down pipes and appliances, costing you money on repairs and replacements.
High water pressure isn’t always easy to detect, as the signs often appear as seemingly small, unrelated plumbing issues. Loud appliances and pipes, limited hot water, and costly water bills are three common issues that may signify that your water pressure is too high and, more importantly, why you should contact a plumber as soon as possible.
Signs your water pressure is too high
1. Your water bill increases unexpectedly
If looking at your latest water bill makes you raise an eyebrow, it’s because you’re using a lot of water without realizing it. Normal water pressure is usually between 40 and 60 PSI. However, some homes with high water pressures have PSIs of 80-100, which means a higher water volume is being pushed through your plumbing.
2. The hot water doesn’t last long
If you’re running out of hot water quickly (say a few minutes into a shower), it could mean that the water heater tank is refilling with cold water too fast, disrupting the temperature your water heater is trying to maintain. Because of high water pressure, your water heater has to work harder, resulting in more wear and tear and increasing the chance of a breakdown or leak.
3. Your appliances and pipes are loud
The extra pressure can create strange noises coming from your pipes or appliances connected to the plumbing system.
If your dishwasher hums, it’s no big deal. However, if it howls during each cycle, you may be dealing with a water pressure problem. The cause is probably from seals and mechanical parts that are wearing out, which could also shorten the appliance’s lifespan. Like the water heater mentioned earlier, appliances will wear out faster when forced to compensate for higher water pressure.
Hearing strange noises when running your faucet or flushing your toilet should NOT result in strange noises inside your walls. If you hear banging or shuddering, it means your water pressure is very high and that you may be looking at some plumbing problems very soon.
Plumbing experts in New Haven and Fairfield County
While these three signs are pretty common indicators of high water pressure, it never hurts to get a professional second opinion. If you suspect that your water pressure may be too high, call Rick’s Plumbing. We’ll make sure your plumbing system is working effectively and safely. Schedule an appointment today at (203) 874-6629.