For most people, water pressure concerns don’t extend past turning the shower on when they get up in the morning. Many prefer their water pressure when they take a shower to be a little higher, though some like it on the lower end, too. Yet the truth is extreme water pressure on both sides of the spectrum is something to be wary of.
What Should Your Water Pressure Be?
The inlet water pressure of the average American home is 40 to 45 psi (pounds per square inch.) Your pressure regulator specifically is usually set at 50 psi. Generally, it is possible to adjust the water pressure in your house anywhere between 25-75 psi, however, water pressure in most homes should not exceed 60 psi.
How To Measure Your Home's Water Pressure
- Turn off the running water in your house
- Locate your main water supply pipe
- Attach a pressure gauge at the spigot running off the main water supply (if you do not have a pressure gauge, you can buy one easily at most home renovation and hardware stores, or order one online)
- Turn the valve next to the spigot counterclockwise
- Record the psi level of the water as it runs through the gauge
- It’s important to remember to unscrew the pressure gauge and turn your spigot off after this process has finished
How To Measure The PSI Without A Pressure Gauge
If you do not have a pressure gauge and are looking for a less accurate but cheaper way to measure your home’s psi, you can also place a bucket by the the spigot in the first floor or basement of your house, turn it on, and time how long it takes that bucket to fill up with a gallon of water. Once the bucket is full, you can divide the total amount of seconds it took for the water level to reach a gallon by 60. This should give you’re an approximate measurement of your water pressure.
What Happens If Your Water Pressure Is Too High Or Too Low?
More and more plumbing components today are made from plastic. While you may assume that everything in your toilet is porcelain, chances are a lot of the parts are actually manufactured from a plastic hybrid. This material can be affected if the water pressure is too high or low.
- When your water pressure is too high, it tends to wear less sturdy components and materials like the plastic down faster.
- High water pressure can also lead to burst pipes, which is something no homeowner wants to deal with.
- Conversely, low water pressure, to the point where your sinks and drains run extremely slow, can be just as bad.
- Low water pressure may also be a sign that there is corrosion or sediment in your piping, which in turn can cause leaks.
Lange Plumbing & Fire Protection Doesn’t Want You to Feel Under Pressure
At Lange Plumbing & Fire Protection, we provide a full range of services to keep your plumbing equipment functioning at peak efficiency. Our Las Vegas plumbers have the skills and experience needed to address even complex plumbing issues and offer emergency service 24/7 for when disaster strikes. We’ll even tell you what your water pressure is if you don’t want to calculate it yourself!
To schedule service, call Lange Plumbing & Fire Protection now at (702) 500-0936, or send us a message online.