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All About How to Test Your Home's Water Pressure

A trickling showerhead or barely flowing kitchen faucet is unsatisfying, but low water-pressure can be a sign of issues in the water line and a precursor of bigger problems to come. Extremely high water-pressure, meanwhile, can damage the water line, plumbing fixtures, and appliances. Regularly test your home’s water pressure to make sure it’s at a healthy and safe level. Fortunately, it’s easy to test the water pressure and we will teach you shortly!

If you would like to have a licensed plumber measure and appropriately adjust your home’s water pressure, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air. Our uniformed plumbers are equipped with tools and supplies to handle most repairs during the first trip, and they are on standby to dispatch to your location as soon as possible.

Using a Water Pressure Gauge

A water pressure gauge is a small device that can screw onto a faucet like a hose can. You can purchase these at your local hardware store for around $20. Make sure you buy the right size.

Using a water pressure gauge is even easier than buying it! First turn off all appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine as well as plumbing fixtures, including showerheads and faucets.

Next, tightly screw on the water pressure gauge to a hose bib and turn on the faucet. If water leaks out, then turn off the faucet and correct or retighten the gauge onto the hose bib.

Once you’ve turned the faucet on, take a reading of the gauge. The recommended water pressure for a residential property is generally between 45 and 60 PSI, or pounds per inch.

If your home’s water pressure is outside of this range, then address it as soon as possible. The remedy can be as simple as a water pressure adjustment, or as costly as a pipe replacement as well as water damage restoration.

The Causes of Low Water-Pressure, and the Harms of High Water-Pressure

So, why might water pressure be low – and what are the dangers of extreme water pressure? Understanding these can give you an idea of how to address the problem.

If your faucets are softly running even when you crank it all the way ON, then the first thing to check is the faucet itself. Test multiple fixtures to see whether the issue is local, or whether it affects the whole house. If all showerheads and faucets produce low water pressure, then there may be a leak or blockage in the water line, or there might be some other issue in the plumbing system.

Cleaning or even replacing a faucet or showerhead can be a simple DIY for many people, but it is advised to leave complex plumbing issues to a licensed plumber. Experienced plumbers can avoid common mistakes and get the job done efficiently and effectively.

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If you need reliable plumbing repair service, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air to request an emergency dispatch, or to schedule a flexible appointment. Rooter Hero is a reputable plumbing company with decades of industry experience and heritage, and our uniformed plumbers are regularly trained and equipped with tools and supplies to get the job done right the first time around.

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