Are you struggling to deal with the effects of high water pressure? Although most people are more familiar with the problem of low water pressure (baths taking forever to fill because water only flows from the tap at a trickle, for example), the problem of high water pressure is frequently neglected. Unfortunately, if left untreated, persistent high water pressure can decrease the lifespan of your appliances and even cause injury, particularly if water blasts out of a tap at high velocity and hits hands or face.
Here we take a look at the common causes of high water pressure, as well as how to tell if you have a high water pressure problem and how best to resolve the issue. Here are the causes of high water pressure.
Maintenance or repair works
If you don’t usually suffer from high water pressure, it could be that air trapped in the pipes during repair work, or a build-up of water elsewhere in the system causes a sudden rush of water when your tap is switched on. In most cases, this will be a one-off occurrence. Whilst unpleasant, an occasional gush of high-pressure water following a repair doesn’t usually require any remedial action.
The location of your property
Depending on the gradient along which the water has to travel to reach your pipes, water can arrive at a variety of different pressures. Properties located lower than the water supply, for example, will frequently end up with higher water pressure, as the water flow is being assisted by geography. If you find that high pressure is a regular feature of your plumbing system, it may be worth getting a pressure reducing valve installed. Fitting a reducing valve is a skilled task, at Pinnacle Plumbing, we have a team of professional plumbers that can get the job done quickly, correctly and for a fair price.
Your neighbours’ water use habits!
Obviously, if everyone you share your water supply with is using water at the same time, the pressure is going to be reduced. Conversely, when few people are using water (for example during the night, or in the middle of the day), water is likely to come out of the tap at a higher pressure. Ideally, your water pressure should be somewhere around 80psi. If you regularly find that you use water during off-peak times and that this results in high water pressure, speak to us here at Pinnacle Plumbing about the installation of a reducing valve. A reducing valve will even out your water pressure, reducing the risk of unwanted pressure spikes during use.
A lack of familiarity with your taps
If you have only just moved into a property, it may take a week or so for you and your family to become familiar with the water pressure in your new home. Just because the pressure is higher than at your previous property, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily dangerous or in need of reduction. If you have any concerns, Pinnacle Plumbing can test your water pressure, providing suitable solutions should the test results indicate you have a high water pressure problem.
Located near a fire hydrant
If your supply also powers a hydrant, local homes may experience a temporary pressure surge when the hydrant is switched off after use. This phenomena rarely needs any corrective action.
Premature appliance failure and a mysterious banging in the pipes may also be signs of unacceptably high water pressure. Pinnacle Plumbing can help! Call us now to schedule your appointment with one of our skilled, friendly plumbers.