Both low and high-water pressures have their fair share of shortcomings. Low water pressure causes trickling faucets and showerheads. On the other side, high water pressure is bound to damage the plumbing system. The only way you can avoid such occurrences is by maintaining reasonable water pressure in your home. First, you need to know how to check your water pressure. This is a practice that not many people are well versed with.
Why you need to test home water pressure
It is clear that most people disregard testing of home water pressure. A good number will only test when the pressure is drastically low. Remember, high water pressure will damage your water pipes. Fortunately, you can prevent that from happening. Make sure you monitor your water pressure quite often.
Checking Home water pressure
You need a simple pressure gauge. This tool is available in any home improvement outlet or hardware. Purchase a pressure gauge that can measure about 300 pounds psi, has rubber gasket for a tighter seal and hose threads to provide easy hooking. After acquiring a quality pressure gauge, adhere to these steps:
Ensure water has been turned off, not only inside but also outside your house. Make sure all sprinklers, refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, showerheads, and faucets have been shut off. Any water flowing in the plumbing system is bound to provide low water pressure readings. Attach the pressure gauge onto a hose bib or faucet located outside your house. If your water comes from the municipal utility, choose a hose bib near your water meter. In case you own a well, select a faucet close to the pressure tank.
Use your hand to tighten the pressure gauge. Then ensure the faucet is fully open. If you notice any water leakages, tighten the pressure gauge again. A great seal will provide accurate readings.
Monitor the pressure gauge to obtain water pressure readings. A satisfactory reading ranges from 45 to 55 psi. If the readings fall below 40psi or rise past 80psi, take immediate action.
How to deal with low or high pressure
If your home water pressure is high, install a regulator that will preserve maximum pressure at 75 psi. If you have one already, do not stop checking your home water pressure. This is because water pressure regulators have a tendency of failing. They might fail without you noticing, only to realize when your water pipes have busted. If the water pressure is low, you can check the water pressure regulator and set it at 50 psi.
In some instance, the water pressure regulator might not be the cause of low water pressure. The pressure might be resulting from the water supplier. In this case install a water pressure booster, which will enhance the water flow whenever the faucet is opened.
Contact Res Plumbing Company
In case you have any complex water pressure issues, it is high time you reach out to Res Plumbing. We are experienced in handling any water pressure issues you might be having. We test water pressure and enlighten clients on how to use a water pressure regulator. Call us today to book an appointment.