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How to Fix High Water Pressure?
How to Fix High Water Pressure?
May 18,2024

How to Fix High Water Pressure?

High water pressure in your home is a regular occurrence, especially if you’ve experienced low pressure in your fixtures. However, excessively high water pressure is annoying and a major cause of plumbing damage. If you experience burst pipes, leaky faucets, and damaged appliances, it might be time to call a trusted plumbing service for maintenance. Rooter Man Plumbing can assess the severity of the problem and recommend an effective solution to restore safe water pressure. We can help you understand the repercussions and how to correct high water pressure, saving you from costly repairs and excessive water usage. Here’s how to fix high water pressure in your home.

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Confirm the High Water Pressure

Before proceeding with repairs, it’s essential to confirm that high water pressure is the issue. Plumbing service professionals recommend water pressure levels between 40 and 60 pounds per square inch (psi), with pressures above 60 psi often causing problems. You can measure your water pressure using a pressure gauge available at most hardware stores or hire a plumber to check the pressure and recommend steps to reduce it. 

Check for Common Causes

There are several culprits for high water pressure, so check for the more straightforward ones. If the pressure increases at a specific time of day or only comes from certain fixtures, it could be because of local water supply operations. High pressure from specific fixtures also shows localized blockages or faulty fixtures. Note these patterns to help narrow the cause, or hire a plumber to eliminate uncertainties and future issues.

Install a Pressure Regulator

If you can’t pinpoint the cause of high water pressure, consult a plumber about installing a pressure regulator. A pressure regulator automatically controls the water pressure entering your home from the main supply line. Modern homes have these regulators pre-installed, but they are still prone to damage, and you may experience high pressure. A plumbing repair service professional can install or replace a pressure regulator to ensure it’s set correctly and functioning.

Repair or Replace Damaged Pressure Regulators

As mentioned, if your home already has a pressure regulator and you’re still experiencing high water pressure, the regulator is likely damaged or set incorrectly. These devices can fail because of normal wear and tear or sediment buildup. Check the regulator and adjust it to see if it changes the pressure. Although some homeowners are comfortable adjusting or replacing regulators, a professional plumber can ensure the job is done right to avoid further damage and other plumbing issues. 

High water pressure might boost your shower’s performance, but if not managed properly, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, appliances, and wallet. By identifying high water pressure, addressing its causes, and installing or repairing a pressure regulator, you can protect your home from the damaging effects of excessive pressure. Contact us at Rooter Man Plumbing and schedule regular checks with our seasoned plumbing repair service experts to maintain a safe and efficient water pressure range, keeping your home’s plumbing in top condition.

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