The Dangers of High Water Pressure in your Home
High blood pressure in our bodies is a condition in time will eventually start affecting or circulatory system and also our organs with very detrimental consequences. In our homes the same is true. High water pressure will affect your pipes and could damage your appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and water heaters, as well as faucets and shower valves.
Fortunately, fixing this situation is easier and cheaper. The first thing to determine is if you have a high water pressure situation. The situation can be easily accomplished by purchasing a water pressure testing gauge. You can find them at most hardware stores and online for a $10 to $15 investment.
Ideally, your incoming water pressure should be at 80 PSI or less. You can test it on any hose bibb. Make sure that the hose bibb is installed after the PRV (pressure regulating valve). If that is not possible, then you can try at the drain connection on the water heater.
All homes built after 2002 are required by law to have a PRV. But after 7 to 12 years, these valves start failing. If after testing it is clear that you have high pressure, you can try to adjust the PRV. Should that fail, then reduce your water pressure–then you will need to change it.
If you do not have a PRV installed, you would need to consult a plumbing professional to have it done; the cost of the PRV varies from $30 to $200–a small investment that will help you avoid future plumbing issues.