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Watch Out for High Pressure in Your Pipes

Riverside, CA has undergone a tremendous explosion in homes over the past few years, and our plumbing systems have benefited from all the new growth. Newer pipes can withstand more pressure than older ones. Unfortunately that doesn’t protect you from the dangers of high pressure in your pipes. While modern pipes can withstand higher pressures from time to time, the pressure in your home should still stay around 80 psi (pounds per square inch) at the most. If it gets higher than that for any extended length of time, you need to watch out. You can gauge your water pressure with a simple tool for sale at any home supply store. Protecting your home, however, will take a professional touch.

Why Does High Pressure Cause Problems?

High pressure puts additional stress on the sides of your pipes, as well as outlet fixtures like your faucet and shower head. Not only does that increase wear and tear on those components, but it can result in a breach if there’s a weak spot in the pipe or any part of it is corroded. A breach in your pipes can cause a great deal of damage to your home, and even if it doesn’t the wear and tear will leave your components ready to be replaced sooner than they should be.

The Answer? Pressure Regulation Valves

A long-term solution to the dangers of high pressure is to have a plumber install a pressure regulation valve (or PRV) in your household. That keeps the pressure at a steady 80 psi, and will spare your plumbing a lot of wear and tear. It will also lower your water bills, since less water is going to waste with lower pressure without affecting your quality of lift at all.

For more tips on high pressure or to have a PRV installed in your home, call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today!

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