Too Many Plumbing Repairs? You May be Singing the High Water Pressure Blues
San Diego, Ca. Release Date: August 10, 2008
If it feels as though every spare dime you earn is zapped by little leaks on your aging plumbing system, don’t just assume that you’re the victim of an older house. You could have a faulty water pressure valve.
The plumbing system in your home is designed to operate under some pressure. If the pressure didn’t exist there would be no force to move the water through your pipes. No pressure, no water.
But as Franco Testa, Master Plumber and Co-Owner of My Plumber, San Diego recently explained “if the pressure in your pipes is higher than the system was designed for, it has a negative effect on the whole works. Elements start breaking down under the increased stress.”
“At My Plumber, we decided long ago to check the pressure in every house where we provide service” Franco said “If it is too high we can fix it before the customer has to call us back four or five times for minor, but expensive repairs. We’ve found that policy prevents a lot of distress”.
Optimal water pressure for the average American home is 50-60 PSI. If the pressure goes higher than 80 PSI, it is higher than plumbing code specifics and you can start experiencing problems with your plumbing system. As long as the pressure is too high, dripping pipes, broken seals and toilet leaks abound requiring upwards of 3 plumbing repairs a year.
If this sounds like your home, don’t keep going through the rigmarole. Have your water pressure checked by a competent, professional Plumber and save yourself buckets full of grief.