Today the typical cost of a better brand of appliance is far from cheap, they are literally an investment. Due to this, most homeowners will naturally want to make them last as long as is possible. Homeowners living in areas that experience high water pressure problems should check their water pressure annually or more frequently. If you are not comfortable with checking your water pressure, and suspect it may be damaging your plumbing and appliances, a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Houston can check it for you.
Few homeowners ever consider their water pressure unless it is too low. When water pressure becomes excessively high the majority of people aren’t going to complain until it damages plumbing or an appliance. High water pressure is caused by the municipal water supply, which is set high to meet the needs for fire hydrants for example.
High water pressure can rupture the glass lining inside better water heaters, resulting in leaks and water heater replacement by a plumber in Houston. In addition, it can damage icemakers and associated valves as well as rupturing water lines, causing leaks in faucets, toilets and can cause numerous other problems.
Water pressure in homes will vary by area and municipality, but high water pressure is typically considered to be 65 psi or above. In some areas, municipal water pressure can be as high as 150 psi.
Municipalities with high water pressure typically recommend installing a pressure reducing valve (PRV), also called a water pressure regulator on the water meter by a licensed plumber in Houston. Buried in the soil, the PRV will typically require replacement every 10 – 15 years depending upon environmental conditions.
A pressure regulator ensures that the pressure coming from the municipal water supply is reduced to a recommended pressure. Furthermore, if the regulator is installed on the home’s water main as it exits the meter, the regulator will protect the water supply line to the home.
Recognizing the signs of elevated water pressure and providing a routine water pressure check can prevent costly damage to your plumbing and your appliances. The following are potential signs of elevated water pressure that may be due to a malfunctioning pressure relief valve:
- An unusual number of leaks – While an elevated water pressure may cause leaks, leaks can be caused by a variety of factors.
- Banging pipes (also called water hammer) – Water can also be due to other factors as well as elevated water pressure. Basically water hammer occurs when water that is travelling at a high rate of speed is stopped abruptly, as when a faucet is cut off. Water hammer can break pipe joints and cause valves to leak.
- Abnormal dishwasher and washing machine noise – Leaks may also be present.
- Repeated repairs to appliances – For example, the same component requires repair repeatedly with a few months.
A water pressure check is an easy DIY project. Water pressure gauges are available at most home supply stores for approximately $10. You simply screw it into an outdoor faucet, and turn the faucet fully on, the reading is your water pressure.
The installation or replacement of a pressure relief valve involves cutting into the water main, a job best left to a licensed plumber in Houston.
If you suspect elevated water pressure is damaging your appliances and/or plumbing, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing can provide a water pressure test. Our plumbers are among the best in the industry with the expertise to ensure a professional job each and every time. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures you will receive a punctual plumber in Houston, as well as superior plumbing service. Our plumbers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; we are always there for you.