Low water pressure is a common complaint among homeowners. However, it is pivotal to not ignore the negative effects of high water pressure. Excessive water pressure can cause damage to pipes and appliances and cost you money in repairs and replacements.
High water pressure can be hard to spot as signs may appear as small, unrelated plumbing problems. Low water pressure, noisy appliances, or pipes that are too loud, as well as limited hot water and expensive water bills, could all be signs of high water pressure.
Signs that your Water Pressure is Too High
Unexpectedly, your water bill goes up
If you are concerned about your water bill, it is because you are using too much water. Conventional water pressure is between 40-60 PSI. High water pressures can lead to higher water volumes.
Hot water does not last for long
It could be that your water heater is re-filling with cold water too quickly, causing you to run out of hot water very quickly. High water pressure means that your water heater must work harder. This can lead to more wear and tear, and increase the likelihood of a leak or breakdown.
Your pipes and appliances are noisy
Extra pressure can cause strange sounds from pipes and appliances that are connected to the plumbing system. It’s not a big deal if your dishwasher hums. If your dishwasher howls throughout each cycle, it could be a problem with the water pressure. It could be due to worn seals or mechanical parts, which can also reduce the appliance’s life expectancy.
Like the water heater, appliances that are forced to adjust for high water pressure will wear faster. Strange noises from your faucet running or flushing the toilet should not cause unusual noises in your walls. If your water pressure is high, you might have plumbing problems.