Generally, you would think of high water pressure being advantageous when buying a home. It feels great in a shower and makes washing dishes much easier. However, there are many disadvantages to having high water pressure in your home. Below, our plumbing experts explore some of the reasons that you don’t want high water pressure. Check it out!
Higher Water Bill
As you can expect, the higher your water pressure is the higher your monthly water bill is going to be. Water pressure should be anywhere between 30 PSI and 80 PSI. If it is above 80 PSI it’s a code violation, but even having it at 80 will cost you more money. In a state like California where water is overly expensive, this can save you quite a lot of money.
Beyond saving money on your monthly water bill, having water pressure that is too high can cost you a lot more money in the long run. If your plumbing system has too high of water pressure for too long it can start to take a serious toll on your pipes, causing damage that will eventually lead to complete failure. This high level of water pressure can erode your pipes over time until they become brittle in certain spots and end up cracking or breaking, resulting in a small leak or complete destruction of your pipes. It can get somewhat spendy to fix/replace pipes, so it’s best to keep your water pressure in check.
Although your pipes will be damaged from water pressure that is too high, the lifespan of your appliances will also be shortened drastically. Appliances such as your dishwasher, washing machine, and your water heater may need to be replaced much sooner than expected by the manufacturer. The high water pressure beats up on their internals, and will eventually break down the same as the pipes mentioned above.
If you have any questions about high water pressure, or think your water pressure is too high, give Knight Plumbing a call. We’re here to answer any questions you have about your plumbing system, and have a 24/7 emergency service hotline so we’re always here to help. Give us a call today!