So you are a homeowner. That comes with all kinds of benefits! The big yard, the option to paint whatever you want, no worries about losing your deposit for putting too many holes in the wall. But while you are enjoying your home, you will also want to be maintaining it to avoid disaster. There are quite a few things that you may not have thought of just yet, so we will start with one that you can control to hopefully prevent damage to your home.
Water pressure is a great thing. It means that you can run the dishwasher, take a bath, wash your car. But all of that pressure is also straining your pipes. Did you know that you have control over your water pressure, and should be paying attention to what level that pressure is at right now? We would like to give you some tips to prevent the costly repairs that follow a major pipe burst, or even a steady leak.
Measuring the Pressure
Your home’s water pressure should never exceed a certain limit. That limit is 65 psi, and the exceeding of that limit does happen. Sometimes meters are wrong due to age or damage, and your pressure could be much higher than is safe for your pipes. The best way to test this is to hire a trusted plumber to check your water pressure and troubleshoot if necessary.
Hammers and Leaks
Ever hear a hammering sound when you turn on the faucet at full speed? This could be a problem, sending shock waves through your pipe system. Your pipes will only stand for it for so long. Also, be sure to address leaks promptly. Even small leaks could be indicative of a larger, more serious problem and shouldn’t be ignored.If you have any concerns about your water pressure, leaks, or hammering, please feel free to contact us and we will take a look!
By Tim Smith
Published: September 16, 2016