showerEvery home owner, business owner & plumbing system owner would love or expects their plumbing system to last forever. A plumbing system is like the human body in many ways, as it takes in waste like our bodies when we eat or drink. When you use your toilets, showers, sinks or any other plumbing fixture in your home you are putting waste into the plumbing system. The drain lines in a home act like the digestive system, the water acts like blood vessels and your fixtures are the organs.

Most people get annual check ups to make sure their bodies and organs are working properly and are not in future danger or disease. It’s a good idea to do the same with your plumbing system. The best way to have good health is to watch what you put in your body, check your blood pressure regularly, get annual checkups and exercise.

You are probably still wondering how is the human body the same as a plumbing system. Let’s compare the systems and you tell me if they are similar. High blood pressure can cause many health issues like heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and in many cases death if not treated properly. High water pressure can cause the same issues in the plumbing system, like busted pipes, floods and property damage. High water pressure can damage internal parts and washers on faucets to drip constantly and damage fixtures. High water pressure can also shorten the life span of water heaters and in some cases cause higher water bills.

Your home’s water pressure should range between 35 psi and 80 psi. Anything higher than 80 psi is considered high water pressure and could potentially cause future damage. Just like the human body there are symptoms that you can look for to determine if you have high water pressure. Some items may include:

(1) dripping faucets and shower valves
(2) loud vibrating noise when you turn on the shower faucets
(3) higher water bills
(4) short periods of hot water
(5) water leaking out of tap on water heater
(6) high pressure on faucets and showers

To help prevent high water pressure, you can get a water pressure gauge from a hardware store and check the water pressure to ensure it is between 35 and 80 psi. If your pressure is higher than 80 psi you will need a pressure regulating valve installed by a licensed plumber. The cost should range between $225 to $850 depending on size and location. Remember a healthy plumbing system is a safe plumbing system. If you have questions or would like one of our expert service professionals check your plumbing system, call AM/PM Plumbing today.