Damage from High Water Pressure

You may notice damage from high water pressure in your shower, sink, bath, or other fixtures exerting irregular water pressure. This could mean that the incoming water pressure for your premises is too high, resulting in damage from high water pressure, which not only damages your fixtures but adds to your water bills.

High pressure showers are great, but the cost adds up over time on your water bill. In addition to high water costs, irregular pressure can be a major inconvenience in kitchen and laundry fixtures. Washing dishes can be made a whole lot harder if the tap is blasting down water in irregular intervals or at a pressure which causes spray.

High water pressure places additional stress on your plumbing system, which can create leaks or cracks and even burst pipes.

The damage that high water pressure can cause, in addition to added water costs, requires early intervention. If you notice irregular water pressure at your premises, contact us today to discuss the problem and receive a quote for any services you require. Our general plumbing team or 24 hour emergency plumber service can assist you by installing a pressure regulator and diagnosing and repairing any other malfunctions.

How to tell if the pressure is too high?

This is easily achieved through observation. You can probably judge for yourself whether the water from your fixtures flows with excessive force or not. If you are believe that the pressure is too high, you should contact us for assistance.

You may notice a banging sound from your pipes or other strange sounds in your plumbing. These indicate excessive water pressure.

If you have access to a pressure gauge, you can directly measure the water pressure coming in at the outlet near your water meter. This may be the first thing one of our team does upon arrival at your premises. Generally, plumbing systems are manufactured to withstand water pressures of up to 80 psi. If we measure your water pressure and it is above 80 psi, your water pressure is definitely too high.

High water pressure – consequences

Leaks, bust pipes, and internal flooding are all potential consequences of high water pressure. High pressure also manifests as small or intermittent leaks around your fixtures and appliances and water damage to floors, walls or ceilings. Dishwashers, washing machines and hot water heaters are put under a lot of stress by high water pressure, which reduces their effective lifespan.

Causes of high water pressure

Premises located at the bottom of a hill or slope are the most likely to experience high water pressure because the systems usually run down hill. If there are tall buildings and/or fire hydrants located close to your premises your water supplier may maintain a higher than usual pressure in order to meet the needs of these structures. Localised thermal expansion, such as that caused by increased heat from a hot water service, can also increase water pressure in the attached plumbing system.

Solutions – how to fix damage from high water pressure

If your premises is experiencing high or irregular water pressure, it is a good idea to have a pressure regulator fitted. This will keep the pressure from exceeding 80 psi and eliminate any related problems. Not only will this protect your system from unnecessary stress or damage, it will reduce your water bill.

Only a professional plumber can properly diagnose and manage damage from high water pressure, by installing a pressure regulator. If you believe you have cause for concern about damage from high water pressure, our general plumbing team or emergency 24 hour plumber service will advise you of your options and give a quote on any required services.

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