Checking Your Appliance’s “Blood” Pressure | Roto-Rooter Blog

Checking Your Appliance’s “Blood” Pressure | Roto-Rooter Blog

Do Your Appliances Have High “Blood” Pressure?

As a part of staying healthy, all of us need to check our blood pressure from time to time. But could your appliances be suffering from high “blood” pressure, as well? The lifeline of many of your appliances is water… and if the water pressure at your home goes unchecked, it could be a St. Paul plumbing emergency waiting to happen. Too much pressure can erode or wear away many materials and cause water heaters to leak, water pipes to bang, faucets to drip, pipes to leak, as well as excessive dishwasher and clothes washer noise and breakdown.

The good news is that high water pressure is easily fixed and the cost to do it is pretty reasonable (especially compared to the damage you could face if it’s not corrected!) So, what can you do?

If the water pressure in your home is above 60 pounds per square inch, it could be harmful to your plumbing system. You can contact your local water authority to find out what the water pressure is on your street. If it exceeds 60 pounds, consider installing a pressure reducing valve (PRV) that will limit the water pressure within your home. You can pick them up at most hardware stores for around $80. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, call a professional plumber to help.

Aside from warding off potential plumbing disasters, installing a PRV can also save you big bucks. Here’s how:

  • Reducing the system pressure by as little as 10 to 20 psi can save thousands of gallons a year in a typical home.
  • Saving water also contributes to saving up the wastewater load, lowering sewer bills/taxes.
  • Since 30% of the water used in households is heated, a pressure regulator can cut down on the amount of hot water you’re using, too, saving energy costs.
  • PRVs can help minimize the cost of plumbing service calls caused by problems with dishwashers and clothes washers, leaky water heaters, leaking water pipes and the potential water damage that could result.
  • Since many residential plumbing fixtures are designed for pressures no greater than 75–80 psi… some manufacturers void their warranties if pressures are above this range! That means, if high pressure caused the problem with that new water heater, dishwasher, refrigerator icemaker, or pressure-assisted toilet, it could be your problem to fix.

For more St. Paul plumbing tips, as well as instructional videos, visit ROTO-ROOTER St. Paul and our Google+ page.

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