Our home plumbing systems are comprised of two major parts. The water supply line that comes from a well or municipal water source is pressurized so that it can move against gravity and be turned on and off by the use of fixtures and valves. The wastewater line, comprised of drainpipes and the sewer line, operates by gravity alone, requiring no pressure to do its work, when correctly installed. You rely heavily on the correct water pressure in your home. Most residences have between 30 and 80 psi (pounds per square inch) of water running through your supply plumbing. While low water pressure can be irritating, especially mid-shower, high water pressure is also problematic. In this post, we’ve described a few signs of high water pressure to watch out for. For comprehensive Cleveland, OH plumbing services, call Pompeii’s today!
- Multiple leaks: This is a characteristic sign of high water pressure because it shows systematically that your pipes are failing. While a single leak may indicate a local pipe failure, the onset of a more systematic failure in multiple locations indicates that there is something wrong with the entire plumbing system. High water pressure can place excessive strain on the piping in your home. Leaks within the walls and ceilings can cause significant damage to sheetrock and wooden framing, in addition to your belongings and furniture.
- Toilets running occasionally: If you find that one or more of your toilets runs occasionally, then the water pressure may have caused a leak in the toilet valve that separates the tank from the siphon bowl. While this may not seem like a pressing issue, it can lead to problems down the line, especially if leads to a leak or high utility bills.
- Hammering noises: If you hear loud hammering noises coming from within your piping, and not merely pipes banging against the walls, then that’s usually an indication of high water pressure. Your plumber may recommend installing or replacing your pressure regulator.