When was the last time you had your water pressure tested? If your answer falls somewhere between “five years ago” and “I’m supposed to do that?”, you’re not alone. Many homeowners give little thought to water pressure. After all, as long as you turn on a faucet and water comes out, what’s there to worry about, right?
Not necessarily, because water pressure that’s either too low or too high can result in expensive repairs if not addressed in timely fashion. For example, low water pressure can be caused by something as simple as a blocked faucet or a partially closed shut-off valve. Low water pressure also stems from hidden leaks that could cause structural damage to your home, or sediment build-up in your pipes. High water pressure, on the other hand, can cause fixtures and water pipes to break, resulting in leaks and even flooding.
Luckily, you can easily check your water pressure with an inexpensive water pressure test gauge. They cost around $15 and can be found at home improvement stores.
Start by making sure no water is being used inside or outside of your home before you test. Then, following the instructions on the test gauge, see if your water pressure falls between the recommended 40 and 80 psi (pounds per square inch). If it does, you’re in the clear.
However, if the gauge reads below 40 psi or above 80 psi, then it’s time to contact the plumbing professionals at Connor Plumbing to pinpoint the cause and do what’s necessary to re-establish water pressure at safe and effective levels. If this isn’t the first time you’ve had problems with water pressure, we might recommend installing a water pressure regulator.
For even greater peace of mind, we invite you to contact Connor Plumbing for our whole-house plumbing inspection, where water pressure is just one of many items on our checklist.