Time takes its toll, sure. But stress on the pipes is a big cause of plumbing leaks. Too much stress over time and you’ll have to replace your entire plumbing system, costing you thousands of dollars.
Two things causes plumbing stress:
- High water pressure
- Hard water (water filled with high mineral content)
We’ll explain why and what you can do about them.
Why high water pressure causes pipe stress
High water pressure stresses your pipe joints and faucets. And it makes appliance valves work harder, too. To see if your water pressure is too high, attach a hose bib gauge to an outside water spigot and open the water line.
Normal water pressure is 40 and 85 psi. If it’s above that range, your water pressure is too high.
What to do about it: Hire a plumber to install a pressure reducer.
Just to let you know, using low flow shower heads won’t reduce water pressure in the pipes; it only reduces water pressure where the water exits.
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