Common Costly Avoidable

High Water Pressure If you are like most people in Georgia, you often take for granted and neglect your constant supply of potable water to your home. It’s a luxury that is normally not given thought until there is a problem. Unfortunately, without proper precautions, by the time a problem is detected damage can be severe and costly to repair. One of the most common causes of such a problem is high water pressure. Home water systems are designed to operate up to 80 psi and we recommend the pressure be set between 60 and 70 psi. The twist is that your municipal water supplier sets the pressure much higher, in the range of 120 psi, according to their needs such as fire hydrants, tall buildings and multi-home communities. A pressure this high will cause damage to plumbing fixtures causing leaks, dripping faucets, running toilets, shortened appliance life span and potential flooding. To remedy this, your home is equipped with a water pressure reducing valve or PRV. It is located on your homes main water supply line, usually within a few feet of your homes water shut off valve. The PRV reduces the incoming water pressure to an operating pressure less than 80 psi. And just like anything mechanical, a PRV will wear out over time, approximately 10 years, allowing the water pressure in your home exceed safe levels. If this has already happened, you are likely to notice several dripping faucets, mysteriously running toilets or a loud vibrating sound in your homes water pipes. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, now is the time to check your water pressure and remedy the situation fast. You can check your water pressure by picking up a water pressure gauge and your local home building supply store. These gages are cheap and can save you a lot of headache and money. The best place to attach a gauge is on an outdoor spigot furthest from your shut off valve. The manufacturer’s instructions are easy to follow and if you purchase a gauge with a lazy hand as we recommend, you can leave the gauge attached overnight to account for any spikes or variances in the pressure. Unsafe spikes in water pressure are often caused by the lack of a thermal expansion tank or valve at your water heater. As your water heats up, it expands, increasing the pressure. The tank is there to absorb this increased pressure or the valve will release the pressure by draining to the outside. It is now Georgia code that a water heater must have a thermal expansion tank/valve to avoid damages caused by high water pressure. So with a simple, cheap and readily available water pressure gauge, you may be able to diagnose a serious problem before it’s too late.