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Apr 27,2024

Understanding Residential Water Pressure

It’s important to maintain proper water pressure in your home for several reasons. There’s nothing worse than washing dishes under a trickle of water that can barely get the rinsing done. On the other hand, a high-powered shower can feel good, but do you know that excessively high water pressure can damage your pipes? In today’s blog post, we will talk about the normal residential water pressure and how to regulate your water pressure.

The ideal residential water pressure ranges between 40 and 80 PSI (pounds per square inch). Most homeowners prefer maintaining their water pressure at around 60 PSI to enjoy adequate water flow without exposing plumbing appliances and pipes to damage. You don’t want your residential water pressure to fall below 40 PSI or exceed 80 PSI.

Why Proper Water Pressure Is Important

The importance of maintaining the proper water pressure in your home cannot be overstated. If you’ve taken a shower under a weak shower stream, you know how inconvenient and annoying low water pressure can be. Similarly, no one wants their water-using appliances to fail prematurely as a result of excessively high water pressure. The ideal residential water pressure ensures efficient appliance performance, reduces the risk of water leaks, and allows you to carry out normal household tasks without wasting water. It’s advisable to keep a close eye on your water pressure and ensure it is within the acceptable range.

How Do I Know If My Water Pressure Is Too High?

The most common sign of high water pressure is a knocking or banging sound in your pipes when you turn off the water. The sudden stop in water flow can cause banging sounds in pipes. However, banging sounds can also be an indication of other plumbing issues. The most accurate way to determine your water pressure is to use a pressure gauge. Attach a pressure gauge to a faucet and turn it on fully. The gauge will display the water pressure in pounds per square inch.

How Can I Regulate Water Pressure In My Home?

  • Locate the water pressure regulating valve—it’s usually found near the shut-off valve for your house’s main water supply.
  • Turn off the water supply at the valve.
  • Look for an adjustment screw at the top of the valve and loosen it using an adjustable wrench.
  • Turn the screw clockwise to increase pressure or counterclockwise to decrease pressure.

Water Pressure Issues? Talk To the Experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing

If you have low water pressure or excessively high water pressure, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for professional assistance. Our skilled plumbers understand the common causes of residential water pressure issues and have provided reliable solutions to residential and commercial customers for decades. Furthermore, we are equipped with state-of-the-art tools to diagnose the root cause of the problem and restore proper water pressure. Do not be tempted to undertake DIY plumbing repairs if you don’t know what you’re doing. DIY plumbing repairs can worsen the problem and prove to be costly in the long run. Always hire a trusted plumbing service when you’re in need of quality repairs.

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