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Water pressure: A Delicate Balance

Plumbing is a complex and delicate art. All of the fixtures in your home, from sinks, baths, and toilets, to hot water heaters and washing machines are all attached to the same system. Something you may not know: the entire system runs on pressure. Pressure is what forces water to flow through your pipes, from one room to the next, from downstairs to upstairs, and eventually away from your home. Managing this pressure requires a delicate balance. Pressure that is either too high or too low can cause all kinds of problems.

Problems from high pressure

High pressure can wreak havoc on a home plumbing system. Some homeowners profess that they prefer having high water pressure believing it makes showers more pleasurable and cleaning easier. What they are not accounting for is the hidden cost high pressure has on the health of their pipes. High pressure is one of the leading causes of leaks in a plumbing system. It can also cause pipe damage and waste gallons of water. The maximum recommended pressure for a home is 80 psi. Anything above that could cause potential damage. A pressure regulator will help manage the pressure of water moving through your property. Use a pressure gauge to monitor your water pressure and ensure it does not go to high.

Low pressure

Your water needs pressure or it will not move through your pipes. If a plumbing system has low water pressure it is possible that you may turn on your faucet or shower and nothing will come out! Alternative if water does come it may flow slowly or without any force. It is difficult to get clean if water is only slowly dripping out of your shower head. Like with high water pressure, low pressure can be monitored with a pressure gauge and managed by a pressure regulator.    

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