Plumbing, whether or not you know anything about it, is very important. It’s how your water comes into your home and how water exits your home. On occasion leaks and major floods can occur, but how? The number one cause of plumbing related leaks is too-high water pressure.
“Water pressure is like a car tire, if there is too much air in your car tire you could get a blow-out. If there is too much water pressure going into your home you could flood your house”
– Tony Falco, CEO Accurate Leak Locators.
What Does Too-High Water Pressure Mean?
Inside of your home are many water supply lines (flex lines) and angle stops. These are used to distribute at the water from the plumbing pipes in the wall or ground to the plumbing fixture, for example, a sink or toilet. An angle stop is put between the supply line and the plumbing pipe to turn the water off/on to the direct fixture in case of a leak. These supply lines and angle stops are very common to bursting and flooding a home within minutes due to too-high of water pressure.
Water pressure is regulated by a bell shaped device called a pressure regulator. A pressure regulator was designed to keep a house plumbing system safe when the city increases their water pressure for cleaning and other matters. This device is located at the front of your home at the main water service (also found in garages). It is designed to only allow 45 to 65 pounds of water pressure (psi) into a home.
Over-time a water pressure regulator can fail. You can test this by purchasing a pressure gauge from your local hardware store. This is twisted onto the front water spigot (hose-bib), then turn on the water. The dial on the gauge will move to the number (see picture on the left). If your water psi is over 65psi, your water pressure regulator has failed. It is very important to have a water pressure regulator installed to your home, if there is not one already.
Protect your home from unexpected water leaks by checking the water pressure and having a pressure regulator installed by a licensed plumbing contractor.